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Local woman fears for father after typhoon, local club sending aid


BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. - A Bolton Landing woman has been on edge as communication with her father who is living in the Phillippines has temporarily stopped.

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines November 8 and has been called the deadliest natural disaster ever recorded.

Robin Neumann has been living in constant fear as her father, Ronald Welton, lives in the central province of Leyte where at least 10,000 people have died.

"Knowing that I have a family member that's there and I have no control. It's very upsetting," she said.

Neumann said her father took shelter in his cement home and offered others shelter, too, as winds up to 200 miles per hour flattened the area.

"He described the devastation to me. The roads are impassable. Windows blown out of the house."

Nuemann said she is concerned about her father's health and the others who have survived.

"I am in fear. I'm frightened of what is yet to come," she said. "They have no water. They have no power. The stores that were providing the food items; they don't have that."

Some members of the Schenectady Philippine American Club are also in fear as they wait to hear if their families near the hard-hit areas are alright. Phil-Am club member Imelda Lane was on her way to the Philippines following the earthquake that hit her hometown of Bohol. The club raised donations for Lane to bring to the Philippines to help.

"To be able to bring it to the people that will take a while because there's transportation communication has to be built," Rick Austria with the Phil-Am Club of Schenectady said. "No electricity yet."

"Philippinos are very religious and prayers are helpful that they know that people are praying for them."

Neumann said her father has been trying to help clear roadways and give fruit from his fruit tree to others. She is still waiting to hear from him again. Meanwhile, the Phil-Am club is collecting donations.

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