- Posted October 22, 2013 by
Talibon, Bohol, Philippines
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Bohol - Over one million people still afraid to sleep indoors.
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
Where I live in Talibon many buildings were damaged but relative to some other towns of Bohol we had little damage in comparison. We have been able to send limited supplies of food and water to Buenavista and Sagbayan where thousands of homes were severely damaged/destroyed. In Sagbayan the power has been out for a week and the wells are muddy. People crowd around begging for water and food.
Makeshift Tents are set up on vacant lots, front yards, schools and parks as it is too dangerous to sleep inside due to aftershocks. Many families have used a bedsheet for a tent to keep dry in the rain as they don't even have a sheet of plastic.
Most people here have no savings, no insurance, lots of debt, and earn less than $5 per day.
One elderly man I talked to eagerly drank the water I gave him as he had been harvesting rice and bringing it to the ruins of his house to keep it out of the rain. He told me the closest well that was still drinkable was 2 miles away.
Government assistance is limited. Many individuals have been sending food to these areas in backpacks on motorcycles.
Road repair teams hope to have the main roads open again within 15 days.
We need more volunteers and funds to purchase supplies for short term relief and for temporary housing.