29 Dec '11, 2pm

Storm-orphaned children comforted in Philippines

Storm-orphaned children comforted in Philippines

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines: The deadly floods caused by storm Washi in southern Philippines -- which swept away whole villages -- have turned many surviving children into orphans overnight. Aid agencies are now helping these children to cope with the trauma or the ordeal. Philippine National Red Cross' Michael Belaro said: "Some children...they are shouting during their sleep, so those are some bad effects of the disaster." One of them is 12-year-old Sam, who lost his parents and two siblings when flash floods swept away their house in Iligan City. He was visibly traumatised and had difficulty talking when asked to recount the tragedy. Sam chose to express his pain through drawings. Besides bringing relief items to temporary shelters housing over 12,000 displaced families affected by Typhoon Washi, the Singapore Red Cross also addressed the psycho-social problems of children...

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