- Posted December 7, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
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Disaster response teams find homes, lives destroyed by typhoon
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
In the meantime, assessment teams continue to be stunned by the damage they're seeing, capturing much of it on camera. Typhoon Bopha left a trail of destruction in Northern Mindanao including Compostela Valley, one of the hardest-hit areas. Hundreds of bodies of people, some children, were unearthed from the rubble and lined-up on the streets, covered by banana leaves from fallen trees that were also wiped out by the fierce winds and flash floods.
"I see a lot of destruction and pain in my surroundings. Few structures left in the town. Thousands of people remained in temporary shelters. It’s totally heartbreaking to see people all around who are still looking for their missing loved ones. I couldn't stop my tears," said Crislyn Felisilda, World Vision Emergency Communications Officer.
"In a thousand hectares of banana plantations in Compostela Valley, I cannot see even just one tree standing,” said Arlo Ramos, a member of World Vision disaster assessment team. “Compostela Valley, once considered as a rich agriculture rich land is now seriously devastated, registering millions of agricultural losses.”
Compostela Valley is a major producer of export quality bananas and other fruits in the Philippines. The devastated banana plantations in the province are a great loss to small farmers in the area who only rely on growing bananas to feed their family and support basic needs.