Disaster strikes twice in 7 years for village in Philippines

A village in the Philippines has become one of the unluckiest in the region, being twice blighted by disaster in the past seven years. Typhoon Haiyan struck on Friday battering the village of St Bernard, while in 2006 some 1,000 people died when they were buried as a landslide slid down the mountain following two weeks of rain.

Among the damage, the roof was ripped of a school. Credit: ITV News

As the storm struck last weekend, the roof was ripped off the school that had been repaired in the landslide.

The school was rebuilt in the landslide of 2006 Credit: ITV News

Saplings that were blown over in the storm were no older than seven years, because they are growing on a landslide that consumed the village in 2006.

Saplings were blown over in the storm. Credit: ITV News

In contrast, just 30 miles away, the typhoon narrowly missed the precarious water world existence of seaweed farmers whose homes are perched on stilts above the water on a reef. The community suffered only a glancing blow as the full brunt of the storm passed them by to the north.

In recent years, the area has also been subjected to a huge flood and an earthquake.

People in the Philippines know that Mother Nature can be cruel, none more so than the residents of the village of St Bernard.

But there are others who had a lucky escape from the worst of typhoon Haiyan.

Seaweed farmers and their families had a lucky escape. Credit: ITV News

ITV News International Correspondent John Irvine reports on two communities recovering from the storm: