From CNN, more on the situation in the Philippines after Typhoon Bopha struck the country on December 4. Includes quotes from Catholic Relief Services staff who are on the ground responding:
Montevista, Philippines (CNN) – Bent over amid the wreckage of her family’s home, Jane Bucani, 17, leafs through the sodden remnants of her school yearbook, trying to see what memories she can salvage.
Her mother, Rosal, picks among the jumble of debris where her kitchen used to be. The broken appliances strewn across the floor are the only indication that this was where she would cook for her five children.
And they are some of the more fortunate ones.
Up and down the poor, remote Compostela Valley region on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, families like the Bucanis are trying to come to terms with what hit them.
Thousands of flimsy houses have been ripped to shreds. Scores of people are dead. Hundreds more are still missing, swept away in flash floods that roared down from the hills.