By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
July 16, 2014
LAS VEGAS – As Typhoon Glenda slammed the Philippines, many Filipinos in America prayed for loved ones who were caught in the storm’s path.
Kate Recto is inconsolable as she worries for the safety of her daughter and three grandchildren in Camarines Sur – one of the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Glenda in the Philippines.
“I was actually out with her last night, tapos naputol ng mga 3 o’clock, tapos sabe ko sa kanya, ‘make sure marami kayong tubig merun siyang stock.’”
All day yesterday, Recto was among many overseas Filipinos who monitored the wrath of Typhoon Glenda which had wind gusts of about 250 kilometers-an-hour and devastated fishing communities.
Glenda left behind 20 deaths across northern parts of the country.
These kababayans say the government needs to do more to keep people safe.
“I know that they evacuated Daraga and the northern parts immediately, and I don’t know why Cam Sur they didn’t do anything about,” said Recto. “Parang waiting na lang.”
Some felt helpless as they waited to hear from their loved-ones.
“I’m really sad because it’s my dad’s family. I know he is worried as well,” said Weenie Ana, who also was affected by the typhoon. “They are in our prayers, and I hope everything is fine over there, and we’ll get in touch with them soon hopefully via Facebook.”
“Hopefully yung mga kapamilya ko diya sa Naga City at sa Tinambac, nasa maayos po, basta OK lang po yun, basta nasa maayos po sila kung ano man ang nadanyaran, o nasira OK lang po yun,” said Marlon Malto. “Basta buhay sila.”
Typhoon Glenda also left seven others injured and five missing. Philippine authorities say the number of casualties could still go up as more reports from the provinces are verified.
Community leaders in Nevada are now planning to hold a fundraising event to help those devastated by this latest Philippine typhoon.
“We want to ask people – whatever nationality they are – to help to give and provide for the people in the Philippines to get back on their feet,” said Lonie Andal, a Filipino-American Lions leader.
Typhoon Glenda has moved to the West Philippine Sea. State weather bureau PAGASA says that the tropical cyclone was last spotted 160 kilometers west of Zambales and was moving towards Bajo de Masinloc.