- Posted November 8, 2013 by
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
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Looking for loved ones in the Philippines
FOUND: News Of My Wife And Her Family In Ormoc City - Philippines
My name is David Armstrong and I live in Newcastle in UK. I'm married to a Filipino woman named Rubelie Perez Armstrong (Ruby) from Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines. My Wife is a kindergarten teacher and works at Milagro Elementary School , Ormoc. We were married in Ormoc City last August. My Wife lives with her family in a small village called Can-Untog which is about 7km from Ormoc City. I've never heard any news from my Wife for almost 24 hours now because there is no way for her to contact me as they have no electric and no phone signal. I'm so worried about her and her family because Ormoc City is right where the eye of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck. It's so worrying just sitting here waiting to hear if my Wife and her family are safe.
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I have good news everyone, finally after a few days I have been able to make contact with my Wife Ruby... Her family own a piece of land in Ormoc City, and on there they had 6 houses which are owned by her Brother's and Sister's. The typhoon has totally destroyed 3 of them and the roof was torn off a 4th one, so now the whole family are faced to live in 2 small houses. They have been through such a ordeal since typhoon Yolanda struck. Not only have they lost homes, but they have no food, water, or electric. They have all suffered from upset stomach's as they have had to drink unsuitable water. Their city has had 90% of it's buildings damaged, including hospitals, bank's and supermarkets. They are unable to use any ATM to withdraw money to buy any food from the very few street sellers who are selling food.They have had no relief aid whatsoever.The media seem only to be covering the story of the worst hit city Tacloban which is on the island of Leyte, there are many more towns and cities which have sustained substantial damage. My flight was already booked to go there on 29th November to spend time with my Wife and her family for Christmas and New Year. I'm now in the process of trying to arrange to go there sooner so I can take food and water to the family from another Philippines island called Cebu.I talked with my Wife today as some mobile phone services have been restored on the island. She told me that they have been told by the electric company that they will be without electricity until January as the typhoon has brought down most of the power lines on the island. She also told me there is only one supermarket open in the whole city and it's running out of food. There is only one pharmacy open in the whole city but they have very few medicines left and people have had to queue for hours to get any. I have asked the British Embassy in Manila for help, I am now trying to arrange for someone to travel from Cebu to Leyte to deliver some food and water for my Wife and her family. I can only pray they all get the help that they so desperately need very soon.