Filipino community in El Paso devastated over more than 1,000 typhoon casualties

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 9:04pm

The death toll continues to rise in the Philippines as the strongest storm ever recorded rips through Southeast Asia and destroys everything in its path.

The Red Cross estimates Typhoon Haiyan has killed at least 1,200 people in the Philippines so far.

The typhoon is said to be more powerful than Hurricane Katrina.

Its strong winds swept through the islands at 195 miles per hour - damaging homes, roads, and buildings.

Heavy rains and severe flooding trapped people in their homes and in the streets.

The typhoon has knocked out power in most of the impacted areas and the Filipino community in El Paso says that's the most difficult part for them - not being able to communicate with their loved ones overseas.

"My wife, she has family and relatives right there in that place and we don't have any communication right now. I mean nothing at all. Nothing. We're always right here with them, pray for them, and keep on praying," said Nilo Tionko, owner of Maharlika Asian Merchandise.

Maharlika Convenience Store and the Heart for the World Fil-am Church in far east El Paso are pulling together to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan - they're collecting non-perishable items and cash donations.

If you'd like to donate to victims of Typhoon Haiyan, you can drop off non-perishable items or cash at the church on 3620 Wooster Lane or at Maharlika Convenience store on 1580 George Dieter. Checks can be made out to HFTW Fil-Am Church and donations are tax deductible.

For more information, you can contact Heart for the World Fil-am Church at (915) 539-3549 or (915) 539-3517, or email them at


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