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    Posted December 4, 2012 by
    Mindanao, Philippines
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    Typhoon Bopha leaves thousands in the Philippines in evacuation centers


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     World Vision charity worker Crislyn Felisilda took these images in the typhoon struck area of Mindanao in the southern Philippines on Tuesday. High winds and heavy rain lashed the region, with flood waters of up to 4ft leaving some residents wading up to their necks. Thousands of locals went to evacuation centers in the area, where they faced an anxious wait to ensure relatives were OK and their homes had survived. "Although they were worried about their homes, they were relieved they had evacuated safely," she said. "Children were still being children and playing, but many told me they were worried about their houses and toys and wondering if they would be able to still go to school."

    Thanks to work by residents, local government and charities following last year's deadly typhoon in the same area, she said many were better prepared. "Last year it was devastating because people didn't evacuate in time," she said. "They lost their homes; they lost their lives; they lost everything. At least this time people, the local government and even World Vision have all prepared." For the latest on the typhoon please read CNN's news story.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    World Vision has dispatched teams to work with local government and determine the extent of damage brought by Typhoon Bopha. The storm hit the Philippines with furious winds, flashfloods and landslides.

    Already World Vision is receiving reports from staff of severe damage to houses. National roads and bridges have been flooded and rendered impassable. Typhoon-stricken areas immediately faced power and communication cut-offs which further isolated villages in rural areas.

    However, there are also encouraging signs that many people heeded the warnings and went to evacuation centers. So far reports of casualties are much lower than Typhoon Washi, which hit the same area last year, killing more than 1,000.

    "We remain hopeful that the casualties will stay low because of the tremendous efforts set by government in partnership with communities to advance child-focused disaster risk reduction practices that significantly reduce deaths, " said Elnora Avarientos, Executive Director of Programs for World Vision in the Philippines.

    World Vision is standing by to assist with food and other items like blankets once the typhoon survivors' needs are determined.
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