Typhoon Survivors Keep Festival Spirit Alive In Philippines Amid Massive Damage


MANILA, “With or without food on the table, we will celebrate Christmas,” said a survivor from Typhoon Rai that battered the central and southern Philippines last week.

The typhoon left a trail of destruction and killed at least 375 people with many still missing.

Gloria Fulido, resident from Bohol province, that is one of the hard-hit provinces of Typhoon Rai, believed the festival spirit lives on despite the massive damage.

The most powerful typhoon to slam the Philippines this year knocked out power, telecommunications, and water supplies, in regions in its path in the country.

The national disaster agency said, the estimated damage to agriculture and infrastructure reached over four billion pesos (about 80 million U.S. dollars), adding that, it damaged nearly 350,000 houses, including Fulido’s house.

Two days before Christmas, Fulido decorated a small Christmas tree and hung the pink star-shaped lantern in front of her roofless house.

“The devastation brought about by the typhoon will not dampen our Christmas spirit,” she added.


Source: Nam news Network

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