Doctor from Philippines worried about homeland PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 November 2013 11:18
An aerial view shows signs for help and food amid the destruction left from Typhoon Haiyan in the coastal town of Tanawan, central Philippines, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
The deaths and injuries left by Typhoon Haiyan are thousands of miles away, but the storm wasn't without a local impact.
Dr. Manuel De La Serna, Bowling Green, moved to the United States in 1964 from the Philippines, the country at the heart of the disaster that has killed thousands.
As the storm approached and predictions were grim, De La Serna said he was concerned for his brother Vicente and other relatives there. Those worries were heightened after reports that the area hit hardest by the massive typhoon was Tacloban, on the island of Leyte, just east of his former home on Cebu Island.
"I called right away when I got the news, but they were OK," De La Serna said. "When I found out it was a different island, I was relieved."
If the typhoon had been further north, it may have hit them harder, he added.
De La Serna said typhoons are quite common where he comes from, though not nearly as severe. The massive impact of the storm likely resulted from the ocean submerging all of Leyte.
De La Serna said he returns to the Philippines frequently, as recently as last year. Since the storm, his family has donated money to the Special Commission on Relief and Education (SCORE) of the Filipino Association of Toledo, a group providing outreach and disaster relief.

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