Children, victims of Typhoon Bopha, beg for alms along a roadside in the town of Osmena in Compostela Valley. (Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescue workers on Monday were still searching for hundreds of people who went missing after Typhoon Bopha devastated the southern Philippines last week.
According to the United Nations’ news service, IRIN, hundreds of thousands of people are in desperate need of food in the storm’s wake.
The hardest hit area was New Bataan in the Compostela Valley, where entire villages were wiped off the map by landslides after Bopha struck on Dec. 4.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council said that at least 647 people were killed in the storm, while some 780 people remain missing. In all, around five million people were affected by the storm.
“We want to rebuild, but we have nothing to use,” Narciso Magno, 40, whose farm was destroyed entirely, told IRIN.
“We are running low on food. There is no source of drinking water, except from broken pipes that are possibly contaminated … We need to start from the beginning, but we need money for seeds and fertilizers. But we do not have any money,” Magno said.
The U.N. will launch a global appeal on Monday for victims of Bopha.
“Their priority needs are food, water and shelter but there’s also a big emphasis on helping people’s livelihood,” Imogen Wall, a U.N. spokesperson, told AFP.
“So many farmers have lost their crops and it’s such a poor area. People need to earn money immediately and agriculture has to be rehabilitated,” Wall said.
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A family is seen carrying food relief for victims of Typhoon Bopha in the village of Andap in the town of New Bataan. (Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
An elderly woman, a victim of Typhoon Bopha, begs for alms next to a sign. (Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
A resident sits next to coffins containing the bodies of victims of flash flooding in New Bataan. (Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
A miner sifts through sand as he pans for gold dust at a river in the town of Mawab in Compostela Valley province in the Philippines on Dec. 9. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents wait for their turn during distribution of relief goods to typhoon victims in New Bataan. (Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
A boy pushes his bicycle loaded with drinking water past a sign near a school serving as an evacuation center for victims of Typhoon Bopha in the town of Maparat. (Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands of banana trees toppled by Typhoon Bopha are seen on a plantation in New Bataan, Compostela Valley province on Dec. 7. (Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
A resident searches for missing relatives amongst the debris in New Bataan, Compostela Valley (Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescue workers help an elderly woman cross a surging river in New Bataan town, Compostela province on Dec. 6. (Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
A resident carries a religious statue along a muddy road in the town of New Bataan. (Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)