Life is slowly and painfully getting back to normal for thousands of villagers in central and northern areas of The Philippines after a nightmare three-week flood in which at least 531 are known to have died.
GV Swollen river and remains of bridge
SV Portion of road where bridge is being eroded
SV Flood water around house (2 shots)
SV Flood victims drying out belongings and erecting makeshift homes (6 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT cows in water
SV Makeshift homes and men salvaging wood from water
GV Workmen preparing railway lines (3 shots)
SV Group of women in paddy field planting rice (3 shots)
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Background: Life is slowly and painfully getting back to normal for thousands of villagers in central and northern areas of The Philippines after a nightmare three-week flood in which at least 531 are known to have died.
The flooding, described by President Marcos as the worst disaster in Philippines history, has been followed by severe food shortages, outbreaks of gastro-enteritis and widespread bandit activity.
As the starving victims attempt to assemble some sort of temporary dwellings, they are being robbed of what little money they have by thieves and other hungry villagers. President Marcos has ordered a big increase in police activity in the stricken areas to try and cope with the crime wave.
Inoculation teams from the health department are fighting a door-to-door battle in a desperate bid to prevent a possible epidemic of typhoid or other diseases. Already over 300 children between the ages of one and three years have been treated in Manila hospitals for gastro-enteritis.
Shortage of fuel has also become a major problem as relief agencies attempt to move food, medicine, clothing and temporary shelter into the worst-hit areas. Authorities are having to seize petrol and oil from dealers and speculators who are trying to worsen the shortage by boarding supplies.
Ironically, while flood-waters slowly recede in the north and central provinces, a month-long drought in the southern province has resulted in a serious loss of crops.....and President Marcos has been compelled to proclaim yet another state of calamity.