Bishop John Arnold’s travel diary from the Philippines: DAY FIVE

CAFOD blog

Thursday 5th December

True to form, we have another early start. The plan is to travel to see the north of Cebu Island and two other islands affected by the typhoon.

The journey out of Cebu city takes about 45 minutes, through very slow traffic. There is terrible gridlock here, particularly of course in the rush hours.

We drive about 100 miles north along the coast of Cebu island. For about sixty miles there is no sign of any storm, just one or two fallen trees but property seems undamaged. But it all becomes very evident very suddenly, almost as we come around a corner of the coast road.

Within just a couple of miles we know all too well that this is a disaster zone. All along the road are fallen trees, their trunks cut to free the traffic. In some meadows every tree has been flattened and…

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