Yukon donates $25K to Philippines typhoon relief
Whitehorse man who was in hardest-hit city makes contact with family
The Yukon government is donating $25,000 for emergency aid in the Philippines following a massive storm that has left almost 2,000 people dead.
Typhoon Haiyan has also displaced at least 580,000 people across the region, in many cases levelling their homes.
Premier Darrell Pasloski says the disaster is having a big impact on Yukon's large Filipino population.
"They all have family and friends who are affected by this, and I really hope that whoever can, I encourage them to donate as well," he said.
"The federal government is going to match dollars that are donated by individuals and I really encourage people, if they can to help out those who are really need at this time."
Whitehorse man safe
Jean-Marc Samycia, 63, of Whitehorse was in Tacloban, the city hardest hit by the massive storm. After a week of worry, Samycia's family in Prince George, B.C., finally found out he is alive in the nearby city of Dagami.
His daughter Claire Samycia-Wood said she is relieved, but still afraid for her father's safety.
"It's a real challenge right now to stay positive," she said. "I'm a very optimistic, positive person. And it's heart-wrenching. It's devastating. And one minute I'm OK, and the next I'm just really worried for my dad. I just want him to come home."
Samycia-Wood says the home where her father was staying was flattened by the storm.
Fundraising efforts across the North
Esmeralda Bautista, who lives in Iqaluit, says she is relieved after her brother was found alive. She feels for people in the Philippines.
"The most tortuous thing is the imagination because we're hearing stuff that people are being mugged, people are being held up... for whatever they have," she said.
The Filipino community in Yellowknife started their fundraising efforts over the weekend. Alicia Dapilos said a concert and bake sale took place Tuesday evening at St. Patrick's Church to raise money for the Red Cross.
The Asian Central Store in Whitehorse is collecting donations, as well as the Catholic church in Iqaluit. The Canadian Red Cross is also taking donations online and by phone.