Plagued by Mother Nature

Plagued by Mother Nature
A woman standing among the debris of her home, which collapsed due to Typhoon Nari. The typhoon knocked down trees and damaged hundreds of houses in central Vietnam, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

Across Asia, the one story making the headlines has been natural disasters.

The worst affected is the Philippines - it was struck by an earthquake even before it could recover from the damage brought on by Typhoon Nari.

The devastating quake struck in the central island of Bohol on Tuesday.

At Loon, a small coastal town of about 40,000 people just 20km from the quake's epicentre, shocked survivors wandered around the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday looking for relatives.

Farmer Serafin Megallen said he dug with his hands, brick-by-brick, to rescue his mother-in-law and cousin from the rubble of their home on Tuesday.

"They were alive but they died of their injuries three hours later. There was no rescue that came. We had to rely on neighbours for help," he told AFP.

"No one will give them last rites because the church was also destroyed," he said.

Local priest, Father Tomas Balakayo, said: "We're trying our best to keep hopes up, but in this desperate situation there is nothing much we can do beyond giving comforting words."

Over in Vietnam, Typhoon Nari caused widespread damage, hitting the Unesco-listed ancient capital of Hue and the city of Danang.

"The city looks like a battlefield," local resident, Ms Nguyen Thi Lan, said. Residents said it was the biggest typhoon since 2006.


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