Exodus from typhoon-devastated New Bataan starts

from a report by Vina Araneta, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao

Posted at Dec 06 2012 08:31 PM | Updated as of Dec 07 2012 04:41 AM

COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Philippines - Many people are leaving New Bataan town in Compostela Valley, where Typhoon Pablo has killed 94 people and and left more than 400 others missing.

Melchor Saakon is bringing his family to Davao amid fear of more flashfloods and landsides that could be triggered by heavy rains.

He said it would be better to start again in a new community because their old house in New Bataan was destroyed by the typhoon.

Saakon's family was among the many who have left the town.

However, some people have decided to remain in New Bataan despite the typhoon destroying their homes and livelihood.

The situation remains grim in evacuation centers that are suffering food and water shortage.

Rafael Flores, who has a family of 8 people, said they have not had water for hours.

Although they want to ask for help from friends and relatives outside the province, Flores said they are trying to save load on the cellphones, which are also running low on battery.

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On Thursday, ABS-CBN News entered Barangay Andap in New Bataan, which is one of the most devastated villages in the town.

Pablo destroyed houses and roads, with villagers staying in evacuation centers forced to return to their homes to get drinking water.

At a stream in the village, a man was seen carrying a coffin for a relative.

Another vehicle carrying more coffins was also heading for Barangay Andap. - with a report from radio dzMM