Here's $8, I'm sorry, that's all I have

Here's $8, I'm sorry, that's all I have
Singapore Red Cross volunteer Doreen Tan comforting survivor Sulidad Easimong who lost her home in Ormoc and livelihood to Typhoon Haiyan.

People lost almost everything they had when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines last week.

But unaffected Filipinos in other parts of the country have come forward to donate whatever they can to help the victims.

A woman went to a radio station in Naga City in the north of the country to donate 300 pesos (S$8), profusely apologising because she could not give more, Inquirer.net reported.

Even the poor in that city went to the radio station to offer sardines, rice and cash to help. The radio station was coordinating the relief efforts in that city.

Another woman in Quezon province offered the piggy bank of her 10-year-old daughter filled with her savings.

Ms Maria Ana Adormeo told inquirer.net: "She (the daughter) cried in front of our television set when she saw children crying, all wet and hungry with nothing to eat and drink."

Meanwhile, as thousands queue to leave the devastation wreaked by the typhoon, a stream of passengers carrying food, medicine and water comes the other way, desperate to help relatives stuck in the medieval horror of the disaster zone.

Some have travelled half way around the world to rescue parents or siblings, while others scraped together all they could from poorly-paid jobs in Manila, begging and borrowing from friends.

"That's my village," sobbed Ms Nick Cantuja, pointing to the shoreline as her ferry docked in the smashed city of Ormoc.

"Our house is gone now. Everything is gone." Ormoc is the second most devastated city on Leyte Island after Tacloban.

Ms Cantuja, who works as a driver for a family in Manila, was coming back to Ormoc with as much as she could carry to help relatives left destitute by one of the most powerful storms ever recorded.

She said: "There is little relief reaching my village. My family, my cousins, my neighbours - they are all experiencing hunger and thirst. On Saturday, a Red Cross team was able to reach there but it's not enough."

The 37-year-old borrowed money from friends in Manila to fill two big boxes with rice, noodles, sardines, coffee, candles, flashlights and anything else she could gather to help her four brothers and sisters and their families.

She also brought large sheets of canvas for a makeshift tent to protect them in a part of the country where the downpours can be fierce.

For Mr Servantes Reamillo, arriving at Ormoc was the end of a long journey. The 36-year-old aircraft maintenance worker was granted leave by his company in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to fly to the Philippines to help his mother, nephew, brother and fiancée.

He said: "I want to see for myself that they are okay."

He was going to take his family to Manila, where he owns a house.

He said: "They will stay in Manila for a while. There is nothing here in Ormoc."

About 3,600 people have been killed and more than half a million rendered homeless in the disaster.

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