Typhoon survivors search for loved ones

by Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 08 2012 11:37 PM | Updated as of Dec 12 2012 06:32 AM

COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Philippines - More than just coping with hunger and being homeless, the unending search for missing loved ones is taking its toll on those who survived Typhoon Pablo in Compostela Valley.

People converge towards every vehicle that makes a stop, hoping to get food.

Truckloads of relief goods are being sent to Compostela Valley, but this is not enough to feed more than 80 percent of the provinces' population affected by the typhoon.

There were politicians who brought relief to thousands of evacuee with food wrapped in a package with their names and faces on it.

But more than the hunger, some are just too busy looking for still missing loved ones.

Overseas worker Elisa Paglingkod went back to the Philippines from Dubai to look for her missing husband and 4 children.

Freddie Reston found the remains of his brother but other members of his family are still missing.

Bodies that will be left unclaimed will be buried in a mass grave.

Since it has been 5 days since Pablo struck and more dead bodies have yet to be recovered, the stench of decaying bodies has become unbearable.

Aside from food and water, clothes and blankets are also needed especially for children who are spending nights on the cold floors of evacuation centers. - ANC