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    Posted December 8, 2012 by
    New Bataan, Philippines
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    Severe weather

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    Typhoon survivors receive help from World Vision


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Sanitation specialist Arlo Ramos from the humanitarian organization, World Vision, photographed the devastation in Compostela Valley, in the southern Philippines, which was caused by Typhoon Bopha. He traveled to the area to assess the damage inflicted by the typhoon, as well as determine the needs of locals in terms of drinking water and sanitation, but when he arrived he discovered whole villages destroyed and residents traumatized by the 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 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.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Today World Vision handed out relief supplies to those affected by Typhoon Bopha in the hard-hit Compostela Valley area. Despite the rain people lined up to receive food supplies like super, canned goods, dried fish, rice, biscuits and cooking oil.

    "These goods would provide food and water in longer days. My kids are happy of the biscuits," says flood survivor Antonio, a father of five, one of at least a hundred families assisted.

    World Vision plans to continue distributing life-saving relief supplies in the short term response and will be helping people to rebuild homes and livelihoods in the coming months.
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