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New York's Filipino community anxious for information after typhoon

Monday, Nov 11, 2013 - 01:15

Nov. 11 - Filipinos in New York City await information and pray for their families following Typhoon Haiyan. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Half way around the world from the Philippines, the small community in New York City's "Little Manila" begins its anxious wait. The sizable Filipino population in this Woodside, Queens neighborhood is glued to the television for news - any news - after Typhoon Haiyan stormed through the island nation on Friday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOUANNA FACTORA, BORN IN THE PHILIPPINES, SAYING: "You can't even fathom to think how it just totally turned around. Nothing is standing. Nothing is standing." Some with relatives in hardest hit Tacloban made contact with loved ones when internet service was set up in the city hall there. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOUANNA FACTORA, BORN IN THE PHILIPPINES, SAYING: "They're allowed three minutes to do whatever they want, whether Facebook or whatever. So that's how we heard from them. " But others have had no contact at all. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FE ERINO, HAS FAMILY IN ORMOC CITY, SAYING: "I'm praying to God, you know. I'm, every night, every morning, every minute, I'm praying. I hope they are okay." 10,000 people are believed dead from the storm, their bodies left on the ground as emergency services try to cope. The devastation - even as seen on TV - so great, there is little to say…. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CORAZON MILITENTE, LIVES IN PHILIPPINES, SAYING: "I feel so... (CRYING)

New York's Filipino community anxious for information after typhoon

Monday, Nov 11, 2013 - 01:15

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