Relatives seek information from typhoon-damaged Philippines

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Maria Catantan Hanson, who operates Military Alteration in Havelock, is from a village in the Philippines that took a direct hit from Typhoon Haiyan. She said her brothers and sisters are safe but the house in which her parents lived lost its roof.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 18:09 PM.

Maria Catantan Hanson is from a little village in the Philippines called Alegre. After Typhoon Haiyan struck the area, it’s hard to say it exists anymore.

“My village is probably a good 10 miles from the ocean, so that’s probably the reason they don’t have no dead but the wind wiped everything, our elementary school, our church … every house in the village has been wiped off,” said Hanson, who lives in Havelock. “No homes. No church. No school. Just all gone.”

The tropical cyclone, with peak winds of 174 mph, made a direct hit on the town of Dulag, just 25 miles south of Tacloban City.

“Tacloban is my city and Dulag is my town,” said Hanson, who owns Havelock Military Alteration in Havelock.

She said every building has damage in her home of Alegre.

“It’s supposed to be meaning happiness. It’s not happiness right now,” she said.

Hanson has two brothers and two sisters that live in the area, and she said all are alive. Her brother lived in their parents’ home.



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