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Just days after Typhoon Haima struck their community in the Philippines, cousins Elaine and Faye play near where the grownups are salvaging items from their damaged houses.

“Our house got destroyed, and then came the floods, and my mother started crying,” says 5-year-old Elaine. “Then I also cried with her.”

Elaine’s family is now staying under a tarp on the side of the road with about 10 other families. 

Says her mother, Elena, "I remind myself that this is just a trial, a difficult trial. It’s hard to start again. We survived a lot of typhoons but this one is different.”

The family lives in a low-lying, flood-prone area by a river in Balazain village near Tuguegarao City in the northern Philippine island of Luzon.

Sheltering in a mall when the storm hit, Elena could see her house shaking. “Our roof was torn like a sheet of paper,” she says.

“I was crying the whole time, asking God to at least save my children. I thought we were all going to die," says Elena. 

Elaine’s dad, a street vendor, worries about their future: "We work hard, we try our best to not ask from anybody to sustain our daily needs but this time, we need help.” 

The Philippine government takes the lead in disaster response, with World Vision and other nongovernmental organizations filling the gaps. World Vision has distributed hygiene kits, bedding, mosquito nets, and kitchen sets to meet the needs of families like Elaine’s.

Photo ©2016 World Vision, Joy Malujo

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