A Tacloban Family Tragedy
Two sisters recount the loss of their aunt who fell from the 5th floor of a building while trying to evacuate. They tell their story of tragedy in the aftermath of the typhoon Haiyan which has claimed over 6,000 lives with a reported 1,800 still missing in the Philippines.
“… it sounds like that. It’s very very scary, and after that something BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM.
During the typhoon we are in the building. We evacuate the building that’s beside our house. The water is very, its fast to become big, and then [it came] into the 3rd floor. And after that, the waves are coming through us. And we have to evacuate to a higher building.
So we get inside through the window. We are like 40 [people] and we have children and babies, and then the oldies. And we got up to the 5th floor because the water gets higher very fast.
And then during the Typhoon my aunt climbed our house to get to go to the building but I think she got a heart attack. Because after the rope was thrown after her she couldn’t touch the rope. That’s why we think she had a heart attack. And then after that she is all gone, she drown.
And then after that we find her body just laying there, and she’s dead. After that we don’t have a house, because our house is gone, we don’t have our businesses. All gone.”