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AL residents try to connect with relatives in the Philippines

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Thousands are still unaccounted for following the typhoon that hit the Philippines. (Source: James Reynolds/Earth Uncut Productions) Thousands are still unaccounted for following the typhoon that hit the Philippines. (Source: James Reynolds/Earth Uncut Productions)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Aid is beginning to reach some typhoon-hit areas of the Philippines, but many people are still in need of food, clean drinking water and other essentials. The water ways are blocked with debris and bodies still lie in the streets. The military began patrolling after reports of looting and violence.

For Cathy Meyers, a Huntsville woman from the Philippines, the news hits home. Her mom dad and brother live in the area hardest hit. Thankfully, they survived.

However, Meyers said their house is destroyed. She said flood waters reached the ceiling of the first floor and the roof of her home blew off.

Unfortunately, Meyers lost a close friend. Her former classmate is one of the 10,000 that authorities say could have died in this massive storm. Thousands are still unaccounted for.

Meyers said she was at work while the typhoon hit her home. She said waiting for the news was agonizing.

"I was constantly checking in, then after the typhoon, no news," said Meyers. "I was like, what happened? There was no communication, no power, not even the cell phones. Can't even reach them. So, constantly checking. Then finally, I kept looking at the videos and the internet. It was devastating. It was horrifying."

WAFF also spoke to Jasmine Sabio. She is a student at the University of Alabama and Miss Philippines USA. Her family lives and works in Huntsville.

Monday, via Skype, she said she is saddened by the amount of destruction she's seen and heard about. Her extended family lives in the Philippines, however everyone survived.

After the major earthquake that shook the Philippines last month, Sabio hurried to organize an event to help with relief efforts. The concert/dance party is tomorrow night in Tuscaloosa and all of the money goes to victims of the typhoon.

Sabio said every little bit counts and hopes people here in North Alabama can find it in their hearts to donate.

"It saddens me, and it hurts," said Sabio. "But, I know they are strong people and they are going to get through it. Everything they've gone through in these past few months alone is devastating, but they are strong people. They are going to need some support."

If you would like to help in the relief effort, you can do so via the Red Cross (http://rdcrss.org/1blezkd).

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