Lubbock Woman's Family Amidst Typhoon

One Lubbock woman's family keeps in contact despite being in the middle of Philippino Typhoon
One of the strongest storms in history slammed into the Philippines today, triggering landslides, power outages and death. 
Here in Lubbock, one Philippino woman waits to hear from her own family who is in the midst of the storm.

"There were times I was there the flood was taller than me," said Janet Pia.  

Originally from the Philippines, Janet Pia knows a thing or two about riding a typhoon. 
But she says this one is different. 

"When I heard the news about the strong typhoon it just vividly came back to my memory... But for November, this one is different." 

With winds over 200 miles per hour, flooding and massive power outages.  
Philippine officials are saying Typhoon Haiyan is responsible for many deaths and putting some 12 million people at risk. 

"The most scary thing is after the affect of the typhoon.. there's a lot of gastro-intestinal illness... Because of sanitation and lack of water, clean water...

You can never tell you can never predict what will happen." 

For now however, she says that her family is safe. Just waiting for the storm to blow over.

"They make sure they stock foods and water... My brother's house is elevated.. it was built... where in... If there's a flash flood ... Our house is higher." 

But even in this stormy weather, she says its her families faith and the faith of the people that will bring them through this.

"With the strong faith among the Philippinos... I think that's the one thing that's holding them together." 

Janet Pia plans to go visit her family at the end of November. 
She just hopes that there are groups here in Lubbock that might be able to  find ways to send some kind of relief to the Philippine people after this storm which is one of the largest to make landfall. 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE TO HELP SUPPORT IN TYPHOON RELIEF CLICK ON ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LINKS: 

Samaritan's Purse Typhoon Relief

Save the Children Typhoon Relief

World Vision Typhoon Relief

Red Cross Typhoon Relief


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