Desperate families in the provinces hit by Typhoon “Pablo” continued to beg for food on December 9, days after it brought death and destruction to Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley. In New Bataan, Compostela Valley, which took the brunt of the typhoon, families lined the roads holding signs begging for food. Rescuers also scrambled to find the 827 who remain missing. Officials said 548 people are confirmed dead. “Have mercy on us, please donate,” read one sign held by a group of ragged kids in New Bataan. “We need food,” read another sign displayed by a group standing amid ruined banana plantations.
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