In typhoon's wake, Philippine farming town prays for relief

Families scour devastated lands for food even as threat of another natural disaster looms

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Typhoon Mangkhut swept across northern Philippines last month, decimating entire harvests in farming towns like Alcala. But the storm illustrated the resilience of a country that is habitually devastated by disasters.
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Ms Precy Apalisok, 70, was spotted at 8am in Damurog district in Alcala town sifting through a field of twisted, splintered stalks for corn cobs she can dust off and sell.

If she is lucky, a trader will pay 120 pesos (S$3.10) for her two-hour labour, which fills up half a sack.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2018, with the headline In typhoon's wake, Philippine farming town prays for relief. Subscribe