I thought that scenes where you can see planes from the Air Force, ships from our (and other countries') Navy, and army trucks pass by every twenty or so minutes can only be seen in war movies until our boat landed in Ormoc City, Leyte. It was not the city I knew anymore. Establishments with damaged roof (some with no roof at all), electric posts and trees were either bent or lying on the ground, shards of broken glasses scattered everywhere. The once lush green mountains and hills were now as dull as ever. And the people? They were now trying to pick up the pieces from what was left of their properties, and their lives...
pictures from Albuera, Leyte after the super typhoon Yolanda:
While passing through Brgy. Lawis in Albuera, Leyte, we chanced upon this heartbreaking scene of two boys staring at the houses and trees (note that this area was once abundant in coconut trees) destroyed by typhoon Yolanda. One of these houses were once their humble abode.
The incredible stories of survival and hope in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda coming up next in The BACKPACKERS' Adventures as the group flew last week to assess the situation there and deliver joy to our fellow countrymen.
photo credits to Resty Ritualo