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    Posted November 8, 2013 by
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    Looking for loved ones in the Philippines

    Father in Tacloban City

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     AKH75 says he knows his dad is a resourceful person, but he's still worried. 'He will do everything he can to keep himself and all those he's sheltering safe. Still, we're worried about him. Last night as I came home from work, I was trying to imagine what he was going through, knowing the typhoon was hitting his home at that very moment. All I could do was say a prayer and hope that they keep safe.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    My dad lives in Tacloban City, which was hit hard by the typhoon. He and his wife just had a house built, near the airport I believe. The photo is the view from his house, taken several months ago. He emailed my sister and me yesterday saying that he had prepared the house as much as possible. About 30 relatives of his wife, ages 2 to 78, were sheltering in his house. We haven't heard from him since that email, and are anxiously awaiting news.

     

    UPDATE:  I heard from my father by email this morning (Nov. 10).  He is OK. He and the other people in his house rode out the storm huddled in the bedrooms of the home's second story.  The wind ripped off the roof, doors, and all the windows of the third floor.  The storm surge flooded the first floor and kept rising.  Dad and everyone else there prepared for the end.  But the water stopped just short of the second floor before finally receding.  The first night after the storm, about 50 people crowded into the two small bedrooms on the second floor of dad's battered house.  The neighbor across the street from dad was not so fortunate - he and his entire family perished in the storm.

     

    Dad says Tacloban City is utterly devastated.  Any structure that was not built of concrete no longer stands.  There is much loss of life.  Right now, their biggest need is water.  A C-130 did arrive with some water, but this mostly went to government officials.  Dad is in Cebu right now, trying to find a means to bring more water to Tacloban.  Hopefully, more help will arrive soon for the people of this suffering city.

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