After surviving the deadliest recorded typhoon to hit the Philippines, April Abao and his family struggle to put their lives back together.
Many people in the Philippines knew the typhoon was coming – it was typhoon season, after all. They heard it would be bad. But it was the 30th storm to hit the country that year and many thought they could handle it. Nothing could have prepared them for the storm that destroyed thousands of lives.
As April Abao and his wife prepared for the storm, they worried about how their four children would handle the wind, rain and noise.
“We were inspired to put all four of them to sleep during the three hour block when the super typhoon beat our home,” Abao said. While the children slept, a piece of the roof above the sleeping children was torn away. As the wind and the rain began…
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