Local Filipino community rallying behind typhoon victims

Spencer Lubitz

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Local Filipino community rallying behind typhoon victims

CREATED Nov. 11, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Members of the local Filipino community are staying glued to their television screens, hoping for more information about their loved ones back home.

Although it has been several days since the typhoon made landfall, there has been little or no word on the well-being of those in the hardest hit city off Tacloban.

On Monday, Action News spoke with Relly Montejo Marpa, who was born in Tacloban. She's been watching the international news coverage, but images of bodies scattered among the destruction can be too much for her at times, so she watches in doses.

She has been unable to sleep since the typhoon hit, because her sister still lives there and is a member of the Tacloban City Council. Because the area is without power, it has been days since Relly has heard from her and many other family members.

Relly said she's also concerned about relatives in the smaller, outlying community who may no longer have roads to access the limited aid heading to Tacloban.

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