• Typhoon displaces 70 families in Bataan town

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    ORION, Bataan: More than 70 families rendered homeless by typhoon Glenda were still in evacuation centers here, praying that government and Good Samaritans will help them rebuild their lives.

    Orion Mayor Antonio Raymundo said the remaining displaced families came from the coastal villages of Sta. Elena, Daan Pare, Camachille and Puting Buhangin, part of 1,900 families evacuated at the height of the typhoon on July 16.

    “Nagpapasalamat kami na walang nasaktan o namatay. So far, naibibigay namin ang pangangailangan nila sa pagkain. Pinag-iisipan pa namin kung paanong matutulungan na muling maitayo ang mga bahay na nawasak [We are thankful that no one was hurt or killed. So far, we are able to provide them food. We are still thinking how to help them rebuild their damaged houses],” said Raymundo.

    He said 11of the town’s 23 coastal villages were affected. “Marami ring nasira at nawalan ng bangkang pangisda [Many were destroyed and lost their fishing boats],”

    Fishermen living at a beach below a cliff adjacent to Manila Bay recalled how giant waves clobbered down their houses at the height of the storm.

    “Kasalukuyan naming itinataas ang aming mga gamit sa gulod nang dumating ang lampas-taong alon at salpukin ang aming bahay. Wala kaming naisalbang appliances at damit [We were bringing our things up the hill when a big wave hit our house],” recalled 46-year-old Crisanto Cabiling, who wished to get assistance to rebuild his house. “Sa tabi-tabi lang kami natutulog [We are sleeping anywhere].”

    Virginia Raymundo, 70, ran towards an elementary school and learned that her hut was blown away. She pleaded “gusto ko mai-paayos ang kubo ko dahil matanda na ako. Kahit pako, lawanit sana matulungan ako [I want to fix my hut because I am already old. I hope they will help me, even with nail and lawanit].”

    Shela Arufo, 38, said waves as big as a house turned their dwelling upside down. “Sana mabigyan kami ng ibang lugar na mapagtatayuan ng bahay pero malapit din sa dagat dahil sa pangingisda ang buhay namin [I hope they can give us a place to build a house but it should be near the river because fishing is our livelihood].”

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