Nov 26, 2013 2:35 PM by Rachel Cole - firstname.lastname@example.org
FLOUR BLUFF - A typhoon survivor is back home after a harrowing visit to his homeland of the Philippines. Robert Abud had gone to the island of Tababoa where he's originally from, to check on some property he plans to build on.
After the deadly storm hit earlier this month, Robert was trapped with many others by Typhoon Haiyan, that killed more than 5-thousand people.
Now, Robert struggles to think about his hometown and the horrors he experienced.
"I heard screaming and yelling things were flying over your heads," he said.
Robert was at the center of the storm and the former army soldier says it was like nothing he'd ever seen before
"I'd rather be in combat, at least I can shoot back, you can't, you're at the mercy of mother nature at it's worst ever," Robert said.
He says seeing lifeless bodies in the streets and homes ripped apart, tore him up but didn't break him down.
"There was a line of people, I was the only first aid on that island and I was the only one that knew how to elevate people's feet for shock, children, I was able to use their hair, I'd take their hair and tie it together, to close their wounds," he described.
While Robert, was able to help many, he knew, his wife Julie, was undoubtedly worried about him. Not to mention helpless with no way to communicate. Robert says for five days he had to shut off. He had to forget about that and focus on what had to be done.
"It was bad everyday but I had to just let that go," he said.
He believes there's a reason why he was in his hometown when the deadly storm hit.
"I will give up everything if I can help another person, I don't know why I was put there that day but I was there," Robert said.
After helping dozens of victims, Robert was finally able to get to the Island of Catarman, where survivors could get a phone call out. That's when he called his sister in Alaska. She relayed the message to Julie that Robert was alive and coming home soon.
Among the tragedy, Robert says six members of his immediate family were killed by the typhoon. However, despite the heartbreaking devastation, he plans to return to the Philippines again and finish building a house he was working on.
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