Local families worry about loved ones in Philippines

Death toll could reach 10K after typhoon

HOUSTON - The devastation in the Philippines has left many across the world and here in Houston worried about loved ones.

Yolly Perito is from Leyte, one of the hardest hit areas. She hasn't been able to communicate with any of her family members since theĀ typhoon hit.

"I think they're safe. I can't reach them. I can't communicate with them," said Perito.

Based on what she's seen on the internet and TV, Perito thinks the area where her mother lives was spared from the worst damage.

"She was supposed to be here, but I decided to bring her home. She's been sick for a while now and I'm worried about what happened to her, what's going on with her?" said Perito.

At the First Filipino American United Methodist Church in Southwest Houston, people are turning to prayer.

"We're all Filipinos. We feel what our people are going through," said pastor Jerico Pagdilao. "In addition to prayers, the church will also be collecting a special offering during Sunday's church services."

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