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Local Priest from Philippines Reflects on Devastating Typhoon
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on November 13, 2013 @ 6:24PM
Created on November 13, 2013 @ 5:45PM

It's been five days since the Philippines were hit with a devastating typhoon that killed thousands of people. Right now, survivors are panicking over shortages of food, water, and medicine.

A Priest in Harrison County is from the Philippines and he said this is a very sad and scary time. Father Deyre Azcuna said his family was affected, but luckily they're okay. He told us the only thing he can do now is pray for his fellow Filipinos.

Father Deyre Azcuna has been here for eight years, but his heart is back home in the Philippines after a devastating typhoon took the lives of many.

"I was very scared. I was really very sad," said Father Azcuna. 

Father Azcuna told 5 News his family was affected, but luckily they're okay. 

"They experienced strong winds but not really the center part of the typhoon," said Father Azcuna.

Father Azcuna has been in touch with his family more frequently because of the typhoon.

"My mother told me they were not able to do their grocery because the area was flooded," said Father Azcuna.

There are many islands in the Philippines, so he understands helping all the victims is going to take time.

"They have tried to mobilize those people who are affected and they've tried to reach out to them to rescue them, but it takes time for them to rescue them because the Philippines has so many islands," said Father Azcuna. 

But we can help by donations of any size, every little bit counts.

"I ask all the people here in the United State to pray for them, for those who are affected by the typhoon in the Philippines. There small financial contributions are a very huge help and meaningful help for them at this moment," said Father Azcuna. 

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston announced that the second collections at all the parishes across the state this coming weekend are going to go to help the victims.

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