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Awaiting evacuation in the Philippines

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 01:23

Nov. 18 - A German teacher who had his achilles tendon severed by glass during the devastating typhoon awaits evacuation in the Philippines. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Frank Zimney left his native Germany for a career the Philippines 16 years ago. Now the 66 year old teacher is awaiting evacuation after barely surviving Typhoon Haiyan. (SOUNDBITE) (German) 66-YEAR-OLD GERMAN NATIONAL AND TEACHER IN MARABUT, SAMAR PROVINCE, FRANK ZIMNY, SAYING: "The windows and doors blew up in the upper floor of my house. I then tried to escape to the ground floor because I thought I was safe from the winds because the room had stone walls. But then high waves came and flooded the entire house. With a lot of luck, I then managed to get out of the house and for three hours I held on to the bumper of my car. The car was driven towards the higher ground where two Filipinos pulled me out of my car and put me next to a house wall. I was lying there for some time." His tendon was severed and now he can't walk. (SOUNDBITE) (German) 66-YEAR-OLD GERMAN NATIONAL AND TEACHER IN MARABUT, SAMAR PROVINCE, FRANK ZIMNY, SAYING: "It was a life-threatening situation because at first I could not get out of the house. I was totally panicking. Luckily, I did find a door I could open and I swam out of my house." On Monday German officials battled with aid officials and the U.S. to find him a spot on an aircraft heading back to Manila. But late into the night planes and helicopters departed without him, leaving him stranded on the tarmac.

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Awaiting evacuation in the Philippines

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 01:23