Wayne Hay, in Tacloban and Harriet Alexander telegraph.co.uk The tears streamed down Catherine Balila's face as she surveyed the devastated ruins that were once her home.
"I thought it was the end of the world," she said, remembering the moment the sea, normally 200 metres from her neighbourhood, entered the single storey building in which she and her family lived in the once-bustling Philippine city of Tacloban.
"We really wanted to get out of the house because the water was really coming in. I have three kids and I didn't know what to do."
As a five metre surge of water pushed as far as a kilometre inland, Mrs Balila's husband knew his next step. Climbing into the roof void he pulled his family to safety, tearing a hole in the roof covering to allow in the air... Around Tacloban on Monday there lay the dreadful evidence that many had not been so fortunate. to read more click here: telegraph.co.uk
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