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    Posted December 5, 2012 by
    Mindanao, Philippines
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    Severe weather

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    Aid organizations find "entire villages flattened" by Typhoon Bopha


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Sanitation specialist Arlo Ramos from the charity World Vision captured these shocking images of the devastation wrought in Compostela valley, Mindanao island in the southern Philippines by Tyhoon Botha. He had traveled to the area to assess the damage and the needs of locals for drinking water and sanitation, but arrived to find whole villages flattened and residents traumatised by the sheer force of the storm. "They really did not expect that it would happen in these hard-hit areas, despite warnings," he said. "Right now you can really sense that they're in a state of shock. Their [the residents'] homes are in the coastal areas and rivers and since their homes were washed away they were forced to make makeshift structures along the highway. As we pass down the highway, we see these small tents made out of of tarps, mud, and whatever materials they have." The normal sources of water for residents were destroyed due to flash flooding and wells are contaminated with mud. The charity is working to bring in more water supplies, water purification tablets and much needed food and blankets.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    World Vision disaster response teams continue to survey the damage left behind by Typhoon Bopha and assess the needs of survivors. They found houses and lives destroyed. These photos they brought back are from Agusan Sur and Compostela Valley in Mindanao.

    Arlo Ramos, a World Vision staffer and member of the assessment team described the scene: "It was really heartbreaking as we passed by Compostela Valley. There were scattered trees, mud and soil even in highway roads due to landslides. Some families were left homeless and had no choice but stayed in makeshifts just within the side roads."

    Disaster authorities are estimating more than 100,000 were impacted by the storm.

    "Affected areas in Agusan are highly in need of potable water for drinking. Their normal source of water were destroyed due to flash flood. There are wells in the villages but contaminated with muds. We saw entire villages flattened," Ramos said.

    World Vision plans to offer emergency supplies to those in need and help to rebuild homes and livelihoods.
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