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.
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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.
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.