MALABUT - When Frank Zimney left his native Germany for a career in the sunny Philippine town of Malabut, he never imagined it would be disrupted by storms and injury 16 years later.
"The windows and doors blew up in the upper floor of my house. I then tried to escape to the ground floor because I thought I was safe from the winds in this room because of the stone walls. But then high waves came and flooded the entire house. With a lot of luck I then managed to get out of the house and was holding on for three hours on the bumper of my car. The car was driven towards the higher ground where two Filipinos pulled me our of my car and put me next to a house wall. There I was lying for some time, " Zimny said.
When typhoon Haiyan hit the area it smashed the glass in his windows, severing his tendon and covering his body in cuts.
"The glass was broken, and the metal frame at the door was still intact but did not budge. And then the room was full of water. I was totally panicking. Luckily I did find the door after all, the exit, and was able to open it and swim out of my house. The waves carried me towards my car and the car itself floated. So I held onto that," Zimny described his ordeal.
Zimney cannot walk, and he says infection is now setting in.
It's taken the 66-year-old and his wife, Lus, ten days to reach help in Tacloban some 60 kilometers (37 miles) away.
Zimney trained teachers of the blind and disabled in Malabut, Samar Province. The region was one of the hardest hit when Typhoon Haiyan made landfall ten days ago.
On Monday (November 18) German officials battled with aid officials and U.S. soldiers touching down in Tacloban to find him a spot on an aircraft heading back to Manila.
But late into the night planes and helicopters departed without him, leaving him stranded on the tarmac.
"We have to wait until we find a U.S. plane that will take us. The one is expected in an hour or an hour and a half. So we keep on waiting," Zimny said.
German officials say there are still citizens unaccounted for in the region, and are dispatching a forensics team to check the graves and bodies that dot the typhoon-damaged coast.