Relatives seek information from typhoon-damaged Philippines

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 06:09 PM.

“My parents’ house, it’s a concrete house, but they have three trees, two mango trees and one coconut tree, on top of my parents’ house,” said Hanson, who moved to Havelock after marrying a Marine. 

The house, like most others, was made from concrete blocks with a metal roof, but that was ripped away in the storm.

“With 195 miles an hour wind, nothing holds,” Hanson said.

Reports are trickling in from remote villages affected by the storm. The Philippine government reports the death toll at 2,344, according to the Associated Press. Images of destruction continue to be sent from the region.

“It makes me cry,” Hanson said of the images. “All I have been doing is cry because I cannot do anything. A cannot even help them. I sent the money to my sister but they cannot even pick up the money because we don’t have no communication.”

One of Hanson’s sisters traveled five hours to a mountain town with electricity to place a call to the United States to report the family’s status.

“They are running out of gasoline. They don’t have food,” Hanson said. “They can find water because we have a river next to our village. They can boil water, but they don’t have food.”



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