Philippine Flood Survivors Say Hundreds of Children Were Snatched from their Beds

January 10, 2012

Mothers here are telling horror stories of how their children were “robbed from their beds” by flood waters that killed over 1200 during the Christmas holidays. Indigenous missionaries are rushing assistance to help rebuild broken lives, homes and churches in the aftermath of Typhoon Washi. Over 300,000 were left homeless. Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Christian Aid is forwarding emergency finances.

Indigenous missionary leaders say that the most urgently needed supplies can be purchased in the Philippines including food, blankets, kitchen utensils, medicine, mosquito nets, temporary shelters and water.

The flash flood hit the towns just after midnight and continued until 7 a.m. the following morning. Most survivors told stories of clinging to roof tops and flotsam.

The flash floods came in the middle of the night, catching many people unaware. As a result, many families lost children, who panicked and were swept away in the early hours. Many victims in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan are still without electricity or shelter.

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