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Local Filipinos work to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Filipino Americans are left waiting and worrying as the full scale of the disaster left behind by a recent typhoon is revealed.

Overnight on Thursday, Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, leveling cities with its torrential rains and wind gusts up to 195 mph.

Francis Landoy, a student at Marquette University, passed out fundraising flyers Sunday. He says he was thinking of what his family in the central Philippines is going through right now.

"A lot of my friends from all around have been like reaching out, like asking me if my family's doing OK, that's really nice that people are actually asking to see how everyone's doing back home," says Landoy. 

He says his family members are alright. He's kept in touch online and is tracking their efforts to help others.

About 90 U.S. Marines have arrived in the Philippines with supplies. They're helping out with search and rescue missions, but efforts have been difficult with the widespread damage.

Communication lines are down and a lot of the true extent of the damage is still unknown, but officials say the storm may have killed as many as 10,000 people in one city alone.

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