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Local Woman Says Family in Philippines is OK
CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- Reports from the Philippines have been better than expected for a local woman who was born in Manila.
Imelda Castaneda-Emenaker moved to Cincinnati in the mid 1990s but still has more than 30 family members living on various islands in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Our town area was flooded and they were saying that the water subsided and they are cleaning mud now, said Castaneda-Emenaker.
The good news for her family, most of them are accounted for and even communicating through social media.
Our relatives are signing on Facebook, joking about the water subsiding and the car was flooded and now they are cleaning mud, we were happy to hear that, said Castaneda-Emenaker.
However, she hasnt heard from important family member, her brother.
But theres one person she hasnt heard from, her brother.
I haven't gotten a hold of my brother, I've been calling him, more often in cases like this the communication is cut off because of the poor system in terms of telephones, said Castaneda-Emenaker.
Some of her family was staying at a beach house when the storm hit the islands. What was once a paradise is now a wasteland.
They will rebuild, in fact the brother of my cousin, says we will make it even better, make it better, said Castaneda-Emenaker.
Now, she says, the local Filipino community in Cincinnati will collect money to help the rebuilding process.