Local Filipino Community Awaits Word From Loved Ones After Typhoon Hits

Many Filipino Americans in the Los Angeles area anxiously waited to hear from loved ones in the Philippines on Saturday, the day after Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Southeast Asian Nation.

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Super Typhoon Haiyan left scenes of destruction in its wake as it moved across the Philippines on Friday.

At least 1,200 people were feared dead in the disaster – a toll that could rise to 10,000, officials said.

At the Eagle Rock Plaza, where thousands of local Filipinos shop daily, many shoppers expressed concern in the aftermath of the typhoon whose winds reached 195 mph.

“What we go through here in the United States, when we have a storm, it’s devastating. Can you imagine, out in a third-world country, where it’s poverty-stricken and the resources are limited?” said Christian Moreno, whose relatives in the Philippines used Facebook to notify him that they were safe.

The typhoon, known in the Philippines as Yolanda, left some 2 million people without power, officials said.

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