Mud wipes out Philippines village
Hundreds of people have died in the village of Guinsaugon in the Philippines, after heavy rains caused a mudslide.
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We're standing in front of the Municipal Hall in Daraga, one of the worst affected towns from Thursday's super typhoon.
The Municipal Hall remains open 24 hours, there is a help desk here for people to come and, basically, register the missing relatives and find out if any of them might have turned up dead or in the morgues.
This is one of the things that they're proudest of and they showed it to us earlier. It's a list of rescued persons. In the las three days. There are thirty-nine names on this list now and basically each one here has a very interesting story to tell of either having survived by clinging on to branches that floated down river or being buried chest deep and having to wait for soldiers to come and dig them up.
But, unfortunately, not everybody in this province has such a happy ending. Forty thousand people have been evacuated from their homes, many of them with no food, no shelter, and nowhere else to go.
International aid has been pledged but it's still not trickling down to the locals. They feel very neglected here and as much as the National State of Calamity has been declared, they're waiting to hear from president Arroyo herself, who has yet to visit the province.
|find out if any of them might have turned up|
|Meaning||find out: discover | turn up: appear|
I want to find out exactly what happened there.
I was so happy when you turned up!
|Particle||out means discover | up means appear|
|clinging on to branches that floated down river|
|Meaning||hold tightly to the branches|
|Examples||Many people had horror stories of how they cheated death by clinging on to trees.|
|Particle||on means attaching|
|wait for soldiers to come and dig them up|
|Meaning||get them out of the mud|
|Examples||Workers in Thailand are digging up about 800 bodies that were buried just after the tsunami.|
|Particle||up has its literal meaning|
|it's still not trickling down to the locals|
|Meaning||reaching the local people|
|Examples||Travelling around the country there are plenty of signs that wealth is trickling down. Bigger cars, electronics shops and smooth, wide roads are all signs of a spending spree of the kind never seen before in modern India|
|Particle||down has its literal meaning|