Days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippine city of Tacloban, killing thousands, a Charlottetown woman has learned her nephew and other family members there are safe.

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Neri MacLennan learned that her son was safe in Tacloban, Philippines three days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the city. (CBC)

"I keep on praying because I can't do anything," said Neri MacLennan.

"I cannot contact them so all I can do is pray. Pray, and I think it helps."

The typhoon struck Friday. MacLennan did not hear from her nephew until Tuesday. He was finally able to get a phone call through to let her know he and other family members were safe.

"I was so happy. I'm so happy," she said.

Thousands died in the storm, and hundreds of thousands more, need food, water and shelter. MacLennan's nephew Arnold is sheltering at the airport near Tacloban, but food and water there are in short supply.

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Ivan Morrison was one of many Prince Edward Islanders who stopped by the Red Cross office in Charlottetown Tuesday to write a cheque for Typhoon Haiyan relief. (CBC)

Disaster workers are in the devastated region. The Red Cross says Canadians have already given about $5 million to help the relief aid to the Philippines. At the office in Charlottetown, Islanders were lining up Tuesday to give more.

"Just one look at any of the pictures we see on TV or in the newspapers, it just breaks your heart to see the kind of misery that these folks are going through," said donor Ivan Morrison.

"We had to do something."

The Red Cross is giving 100 per cent of the money donated to first responders on the ground.

"They are able to deploy that directly to shelter kits, to evacuations, to relief efforts, to first-aid kits, that kind of thing," said Laura Montigny of the Red Cross on P.E.I.

The Red Cross and other charities continue to collect money for aid to the Philippines. The Canadian government is matching donations dollar for dollar until Dec. 9.


  • Arnold is Neri MacLennan's nephew, not son, as this story reported earlier.
    Nov 13, 2013 8:09 AM AT