Filipino-Canadian's family safe after Typhoon Haiyan

An Ottawa woman's nine siblings and their 50 children are safe after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines killing almost 3,000 people, according to Wednesday's death toll.

Susan Teodoro of Ottawa says her 9 siblings and their 50 children are safe after devastating storm

Susan Teodoro says she is relieved her nine siblings and their 50 children are safe after Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines. (CBC)

An Ottawa woman says her nine siblings and their 50 children were all found safe and sound after Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines.

The death toll from the devastating typhoon was confirmed at 2,275 on Wednesday after 315 km/h winds hit the southeast Asian country.

Susan Teodoro, one of about 15,000 Filipinos in Ottawa, said she was “relieved” after hearing about her relatives.

She had told CBC News earlier this week she could not sleep and was really stressed waiting to hear about her family.

Typhoon Haiyan is the strongest typhoon in the world this year and the most powerful ever to hit land. (Zander Casas)

Teodoro said her family was living near the devastated city of Tacloban. She had been holding vigils for families of those in the Philippines at Assumption Church in central Ottawa’s Vanier neighbourhood, praying to St. Jude — the patron saint of desperate causes.

Governments and humanitarian organizations that work in disaster zones stress that anyone wanting to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan should donate money rather than goods like clothes or food.

Canada's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development recommends that Canadians donate to well-established organizations with solid experience working in disaster situations.


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