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"I thought it was a nightmare, but it's real"

01 Oct 2009

Nanay Luisa Martin, 73, Vice President of Roxas Elderly group (left, being interviewed by Generosa from COSE):

"We did not eat for almost two days because we did not save any food. It was really unbelievable. I thought it was a nightmare, but it's real.

"I have never experienced this kind of flood. For the 43 years that we have lived here, this is the first time that the water has risen up to the second floor. We want to lie down but there is nothing to lie on because everything is wet and full of mud.

"I am worried about my grandchildren because everything they own is wet or destroyed. I am a community gerontologist for the older people but all my equipment is destroyed.

"I am still looking for all the important documents that we need. At this point, we don't know what to do, how to fix the house, find our documents, find a place to stay or how to get my grandchildren back to school."

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Sarah Marzouk
Country: UK
Job title: Digital Communications

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