LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filipino expatriates around the United States are scrambling to find relatives after the devastating typhoon that obliterated the city of Tacloban (tahk-LOH’-bahn).
The expat community is also raising funds and gathering supplies to send to the stricken island nation.
News of the storm hit especially hard in Southern California. Los Angeles is home to the largest population of Filipinos outside the Philippines, with close to 1 million expats in the metropolitan area.
Armi Go, a 59-year-old sales clerk in Los Angeles, says no one has heard from her 81-year-old mother, brother and sister since the storm hit Friday.
In Jersey City, N.J., 64-year-old Adelia Ramos finally reached her relatives Sunday night after days of trying. They’re fine but had to walk seven hours to safety, stepping over dead bodies along the way.
Flaccus reported from Orange County, Calif. Associated Press writer Samantha Henry in Jersey City, N.J., contributed to this report.