A video of Sendong victims being rescued while floating in the ocean some 15 kilometers from the nearest shore of Iligan City. They were swept away by the strong current of the flood that hit their homes on Friday night.
They were spotted on Saturday morning by seamen aboard M/V Yang A, who immediately rescued them.
Video showed eight victims, five of whom were children. They kept themselves afloat by clinging on wooden debris that were swept to the sea with them. One of the girls whose rescue was shown on the video was even holding a small plastic jar with yellow cover while clinging on something to keep her afloat. The jar perhaps contained something very important to her; something that she would perhaps eventually find out would be the only thing left to her after the flood swept away her house.
Watch the video below.
Perhaps not yet realizing during that time the extent of the flood that swept that part of the country (or is it really a Pinoy trait to find a reason to joke around even in the middle of a catastrophe?), the seamen cum rescuers tried to joke around telling the woman being rescued to smile at the camera.
The aftermath of Typhoon Sendong was a real heartbreaking sight. Homeless families, starving children, dead bodies still being found and buried in plastic. Death toll has climbed up to 933 in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan alone.
When will we ever learn our lesson? If only the mountains aren't so bare. If only there were still enough trees up there, then perhaps Typhoon Sendong could have passed the country without bringing much damage.