Skip to comments.Philippine Typhoon Survivor Recounts: Daughter’s last words: ‘Ma, just let go… Save yourself’
Posted on 11/11/2013 7:42:11 AM PST by SeekAndFind
TACLOBAN CITYHigh school teacher Bernadette Tenegra, 44, would never forget the last words of her daughter.
Ma, just let go. Save yourself, said the girl, whose body was pierced by wooden splinters from houses crushed by Supertyphoon Yolanda.
I was holding her and I kept telling her to hang on, that I was going to bring her up. But she just gave up, said Tenegra, her face contorted in grief.
The sun was shining only hours after the deadly landfall of the monster typhoon, casting a clearer light on the misery that had descended upon the city on Friday and the Tenegra home on the bank of a river.
Yolanda cut through Tacloban like a scythe, sending walls of water across the downtown area in a furious rush, toppling power lines and felling houses, wrecking trucks and cars totally and, in many many cases, ending lives. Dozens of corpses turned up under piles of rubble. Some bodies lined the roadside, covered in blankets, staining the pavement with bright red blood.
People with missing relatives tentatively approached each one, peeking at the faces. One tearful man shook his head, muttering, Not him. Two teenage boys openly wept when they found what they were looking for: the body of their dead father.
The Tenegra family had huddled together in their shanty at Barangay (village) 66-Paseo de Legazpi, believing it could weather the storm as it had always done in the past.
But as the water rose with astonishing speed, the house toppled over, sweeping away the occupants, including Tenegras husband and her other daughter. They were able to scramble to safety, but the youngest Tenegra was spun around by the current along with the deadly debris. I crawled over to her, and I tried to pull her up. But she was too weak. It seemed she had already given up, the mother said.
And then I just let go, she said, crying.
Mute shock was etched on the faces of survivors, many of whom were unfamiliar with storms as fierce as this one.
I heard a story of a guy rescuing an 84 year old woman in the Colorado flood that when they got into trouble the woman said let me go and save yourself.
THAT is the definition of love.
That will bring about a bump in a temporary Philippine-USA immigration. Can't say that I blame them.
I’m confused here. The big storm that just hit, the “super typhoon” was named Haiyan. this article talks about “Yolanda”. The article date seems correct. Were there two storms ?
The Philippine weather service called the storm “Yolanda”. Our weather service called the storm “Haiyan”.
RE: The big storm that just hit, the super typhoon was named Haiyan. this article talks about Yolanda.
What we call Typhoon Haiyan, the Filipinos call Typhoon Yolanda.
What greater love is there than to give your life for a friend.
Hey, that sounds familiar. :o)
“”That will bring about a bump in a temporary Philippine-USA immigration””
They are people who love Americans so that wouldn’t be a bad thing. Many served with our troops in their country during WWII and many came here and joined our military after that. They’ve always been a credit to their people.
I suspect Obama would only let in the Muslims.
Agreed. I think the Filipinos are good folks. They are the caregivers for the elderly, for one, and I think that is absolutely wonderful.
It's a shame they can't pronounce "four" and say "pour" instead. And, they are some real short sh***. But, those are teeny flaws, aren't they?