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Local women seek family, provide aid in Typhoon recovery


NISKAYUNA, N.Y. -- As if the Filipino people haven't suffered enough there is another typhoon on its way to the disaster zone, and at the same time, a local Niskayuna woman is there trying to help her own family and the thousands of other victims.

Imelda Lane, a member of the Schenectady Philippine American Club, is in manila, a city just outside of some of the hardest hit areas.

Before the typhoon struck on Friday, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated the city where her family lives.

With donations from the Phil-Am Club and others, she's there hoping to help. Lane says she plans to fly to Bohol on Wednesday to deliver the supplies. She says her friends were able to purchase a tent for her mother to live in, but she fears for her health.

"You know they've been living on sardines and noodles pretty much and rice. A major need is mosquito nets. People like my mom sleep outside in a tent," she says. "People are in fear. People are scared. I mean you can feel the pain with the people."

So far, lane has been able to collect about $1,255 in donations.

And Imelda Browning of Clifton Park is extremely nervous right now, since she hasn't heard from her parents in days. They live in the coastal city of Tacloban, one of the hardest hit areas by this typhoon.

Browning says she's hopeful someone will find them, but she's living in fear as the death toll in the Tocloban city area is estimated to be up to 10,000.

Browning's parents, Jonathan and Ellen Sparks, are Bible Baptist church missionaries and she has reached out to other missionaries in the area for help in finding them and Browning's younger brother Matthew Sparks.

"The missionaries that my parents have been seeking help to go the town but no one has been able to go there yet," she says.

As Browning desperately waits for any word, she knows it could be days or weeks before those she knows in the Philippines make their way to Tocloban to find her family.

"I know they're trying to get the roads clear but it's hard," she adds.

Find out how you can help the Philippines here.

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