Shoulder deep in flood waters, residents in the centre of the Philippines are struggling with the aftermath of yet another typhoon that has killed at least 41 people.
The strong winds and downpour caused by Typhoon Melor have left a trail of destruction, and thousands of families expect to spend the holidays homeless and without electricity.
“We really need help, especially because we’re approaching Christmas and the new year,” said 62 year-old Mercy Isip, a resident of the Pampanga province. “We can’t even work because of the floodwaters.”
More than 700,000 people have been displaced, and schools remained closed on Friday (December 18).
Typhoon Melor died out in the south China sea on Thursday but the country is now bracing for a tropical rainstorm that could make flooding worse over the weekend.