Sunday, December 18, 2011

Storm death toll tops 650 in Philippines; hundreds missing - 18th Dec 2011

Devastation from a tropical storm that deluged the southern Philippines mounted Sunday, with the death toll rising to 652, the Philippine Red Cross said.

Hundreds are missing, the relief agency said, after entire villages were swept away.

The stench of death permeated the air as aid workers scrambled to help survivors.

The disaster has left heartbreaking scenes of families with children looking for ways to get by during the festive Christmas season.

"Do we still have Christmas, mother?" one crying little girl asked her mother, according to the Red Cross. "Will I get my toys and my new pair of shoes you promised?"

"Of course you will," the mother replied. "Christmas will always be around." Read More