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Valley Filipino family struggling to get into touch with loved ones

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Valley Filipino family struggling to get into touch with loved ones

By Jennifer Kastner. CREATED Nov 10, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- With phone lines down and massive power outages in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, several local Filipinos cannot contact family members to find out if they are okay.
 
Valley resident Lyn Perry has lived in the United States for many years, but she was born and raised in the Philippines, and that's where most of her family still lives.
 
"Right now, I don't have any communication with them. Zero," she tells Action News. Lyn says her family lives in Abuyog, roughly and hour and a half drive from the Tacloban, a city bearing images of total devastation from Typhoon Haiyan.
 
"I [have anxiety], especially because my dad [there] is 95-years-old and he cannot really move. He is blind with cataract," she says. 
 
Once the damage is assessed, husband Luke Perry says there will likely be a lot of work to do for Lyn's family. "[We'll probably] have to rebuild their whole house for them, especially the roof," he says.
 
Inside the Perry's home, a Filipino news network is running nonstop. Lyn continues looking though Facebook updates and sending emails to loved ones. 
 
"We just hope that they made it through ok," says Luke.
 
Jennifer Kastner

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Jennifer Kastner is a general assignment reporter for Action News.