WNYC: "NY, NJ Filipino Communities Anxiously Await Word after Typhoon"

by Joseph McKeown


WNYC reports on the Filipino communities in New York and New Jersey awaiting word from those in the Philippines after the devastating typhoon, which may have killed about 10,000 in one city alone.

Anne Naguit, a coordinator for the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, says the tragedy is being made much worse by another recent disaster.
"Before the typhoon there was an earthquake, and the typhoon actually passed by the same route where the earthquake occurred last month," she said.
Naguit says the Queens Filipino community will gather Wednesday evening at the Bayanihan Filipino Community Center in Woodside to share information and hold a vigil.

Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, the first Filipino-American elected to the council, says "his constituents are anxious because simply trying to place a call to the Phillipines is next to impossible right now since almost everyone uses cell phones."

The Washington Post further reports on the devastation and government response. The American Red Cross is accepting donations to aid those affected by the typhoon.