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KABANKALAN CITY: FAMILY, INCLUDING GRANDMA, CLING TO TREE AFTER BEING STUCK IN FLOODWATERS

 A family members, including 89-year-old grandmother, were found holding tight onto a tree in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental when Typhoon Odette known internationally as RAI hit the country on Thursday, December 16. 




In an interview with"Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho," one of the family member identified as Richie said when flood waters reached chest level they have no way out but to cling to a tree to save their life. And quickly move their grandmother to a higher place.




The mixed emotions including tiredness and fear somehow gives them the feeling of quitting, "parang nawawalan na rin ako ng pag-asa. Akala ko nga 'yun na 'yung katapusan namin, e. 'Yung ginawa na lang namin is pray talaga," said Richie.




The rescuer spotted them holding on to a tree as their house submerged in flood.






Lola Lilia, 89, told she almost gave up.



"I wanted to sleep in the water. They were crying. It went dark and I couldn't see them anymore. They kept crying. They kept on telling to hold on because by God's mercy we'll be save," she said.



Fortunately, rescuers came and took them to safe place.





"I cried. I said, thanked God everyone in our family is safe."



As of Sunday, December 19, the death toll from Typhoon Odette (Rai) in Negros Occidental rose to 34. Many of the families will be spending Christmas in the aftermath of Odette.

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