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Locals fear for family, friends in Philippines following typhoon

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For the past several days, many of them have been waiting and watching for news about their loved ones after one of the worst storms in world history, Typhoon Haiyan. For the past several days, many of them have been waiting and watching for news about their loved ones after one of the worst storms in world history, Typhoon Haiyan.
Last Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan hit, affecting some 9.5 million people. Last Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan hit, affecting some 9.5 million people.
FAYETTE COUNTY, TN -

(WMC-TV) – There are roughly 5,000 Philippine-Americans in the Mid-South.

For the past several days, many of them have been waiting and watching for news about their loved ones after one of the worst storms in world history, Typhoon Haiyan, hit last Friday. The typhoon affected about 9.5 million people.

"I want to go there, be there, search myself," said Lilibeth Dejarma Carlota.

For Carlota, watching the devastation in her home country of the Philippines is excruciating.

"I'm hoping to talk to my brother because I haven't talked to him," she said.

Carlota's family and friends were in the eye of the storm. Luckily, her family survived but she is not sure of others.

"Friends, neighbors, relatives...there are still many missing," she said.

Now, Carlota and others are reaching out to help those affected by this storm.

"Anything you can do to help, particularly now what we need is monetary," says Dr. Rolanda Gersava.

Dr. Gersava is president of FILAM, a Philippine-American organization.

He, along with many more, are raising money to help those affected.

"You can't do anything but just pray and just hope that everything is going to be OK," added Dr. Lupo Carlota.

Thousands have already been reported dead because of Haiyan and the death toll rises by the hour.

FILAM Memphis is hosting a fundraiser on December 7 at the Memphis Hilton to raise money for relief efforts in the Philippines.

If you would like to find out more on how you can donate to help, call (901) 828-4795.

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