Children bear the brunt of Kammuri (TisoyPH)

Children bear the brunt of Kammuri

“We lost our house and my school supplies. I also lost my shoes,” shares 5-year old Rose.

Along with other children in the coastal area in Sorsogon where typhoon Kammuri (Tisoy) first hit landmass, Rose has to spend the night in a makeshift house or in the evacuation center.

“My husband is trying to salvage whatever he can from our destroyed house,” says her mother, Genniey.

Frequented by typhoons, their family evacuated early to ensure that Rose and her sister Regine are safe.

“The next day, we came here and were distressed when we saw that nothing was left of our house. The waves from the sea also took our other belongings. We will recover, that’s our goal, but it will take time,” adds Genniey. Her husband earns a meager income of at least P100 (USD2) a day from fishing while she is a housewife.

Initial report from the local government in the municipality of Prieto Diaz shows that at least 500 houses, mostly made of light materials, were totally damaged in the municipality. Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) report as of December 4 shows that 154,410 families were affected across 5 regions. 139,199 of whom are staying in evacuation centers.

Two World Vision response teams are in Sorsogon and Northern Samar provinces to assess the impact of Typhoon Kammuri in the communities.

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