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Martha Guzman, Reporter

Typhoon in Philippines Hits Las Vegas Filipino Community

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Clark County has a large Filipino community, and many have direct ties to people living in the area devastated by the typhoon.

Tony Surtida's thoughts and prayers are with his native country thousands of miles away dealing with the destruction Typhoon Durian left behind. 

The local business owner recalls his reaction after learning of the death toll, "First thing that came to mind was not again, because we just had one not to long ago that was devastating and now this is even more devastating because a lot of lives were lost." 

The typhoon tore through the Mount Mayon area southeast of Manila. The body count has surpassed 400 and the Red Cross says the number of lives lost could reach more than 1,000. 

Surtida says the area hit is known for its agriculture and the devastation of crops will have an impact across the Philippines. "Aside from the loss of life which is always sad for any nation the economy is sure to suffer from this," he added.

Maria Soriano is also concerned about all the damage left behind. Her prayers are with the victims and their families. "Even though I'm here, I still have a connection with people there and felt so sad, knowing people died from the typhoon," said Soriano.

Tony has fond memories of the Philippines and the area devastated by the typhoon.  He hopes in time the country will heal. "It's always a sad time for any country to experience this but just like anything else people will pull their resources and they'll come through this okay," he stated. 

Members of the Filipino community tell Eyewitness News there will likely be an organized  donation drive for the victims of the typhoon in the coming weeks.

You can also send donations to the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Red Cross at 1771 E. Flamingo Ave., Suite 206 B, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Designate that your donation for the Philippine Typhoon Recovery Effort.

Email your comments to Reporter Martha Guzman.

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