The seemingly endless rains last year, back on March 2011, with record-hitting high level of rainfalls, have caused erosion and floods to many towns and municipalities of Leyte.
While I was shooting for a 2012 calendar project last year. I met a school teacher in Kanangga, Leyte. She shared to me her story. Though her story was not part of the calendar project, but somehow, somewhere it had a strong correlation to what I was shooting because the calendar was about disaster preparedness and disaster risk management.
A “back story” that is worth taking a look.
On March the 17th of 2011, the heavy rains caused flooding in the town where Estrella was teaching. Her 7-year old son was playing with his classmate in the rain, and was just a few hundred meters away from Cacao Elementary School. It was just supposed to be another day. Most of the people there didn’t really mind the heavy rains and the elevated water level as this was happening almost everyday for a few weeks already. But this wasn’t an ordinary day at all. Both kids got lost in the rain. After 6 days of searching, they found their bodies washed away afar to the farmlands. She lost her eldest son. The photos below were taken in the very vicinity where the tragedy happened.
She is now left with her two other sons, and trying to move on with life…
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