The Philippines was hit with one of the strongest storms to ever hit land. The United Nations says more than 11 million people have been affected by the typhoon and more than 660,000 people are homeless. As of today, 2,000 people are dead, and that number is expected to go up as days go on.
When there is a natural disaster, whether it's Hurricane Katrina or the earthquake in Haiti, we pull together and help our fellow man. In the United States, there are roughly 17.3 million Asian-Americans; nearly 3.5 million are Filipino-Americans making them the second largest Asian group.
Many American born Filipinos, like myself, have family members who live in the Philippines. Even though the land is more than 8,000 miles away, the images of devastation resonate closely in my heart.
To give you an idea of where this is, the country is south of China and north of Australia. It's made up of more than 7,000 islands and Manila is the capital. My family lives there and they're okay. The worst of the storm passed Manila and hit the other provinces to the south.
Tacloban is a city we've been hearing a lot about. It is on the Leyte Island and they were hit the hardest. It's an area surrounded by water and most of the city is in ruins. The nearby provinces of Eastern Samar and Cebu saw massive destruction with homes and buildings destroyed.
I have visited the provinces and can tell you first hand, people there live a simpler life. They farm, fish, and live off the land. This is why they need our help. They're running low on water, food, and medicine.
WFMY News 2 is taking this opportunity to partner with the American Red Cross for a telethon tomorrow. It will be from 6 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.
Please tell your friends and family and help us raise as much money as we can. You can help make a difference in the lives of those who need our help most. We can't do it without you.