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Dolores’ family nightmare with all relatives washed out

DEVASTATED: Mount Morgan couple Dolores and Reg Du’pelle are awaiting news of relatives still unaccounted for in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan which devastated central Philippines a week ago.
DEVASTATED: Mount Morgan couple Dolores and Reg Du’pelle are awaiting news of relatives still unaccounted for in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan which devastated central Philippines a week ago. Chris Ison

YOU can hear the pain in Dolores Du'pelle's voice as she explains that she doesn't know if her family is alive.

More than 10 of Dolores' loved ones were living in Tacloban right where Typhoon Haiyan hit.

The Mt Morgan woman only knows of a few family members who have survived, including her son and daughter.

"My son cannot talk because of the trauma," Dolores said.

"My daughter is in hospital in Manila because she was hit with a tin roof. I don't know if she's ok, but I sent money to the hospital for her.

"I have not had any other contact because they have no electricity. All my relatives were washed out."

Dolores moved from the Philippines to Australia in 1990, but had a house in Tacloban, where her family had been staying.

"I have a house there for 20 years now. My daughter said the house was washed out," she said.

The 65-year-old succumbs to tears as she describes what her family in the Philippines must be going through.

"My family have no food," she said.

"I hope they have shelter and they are alive. I don't know.

"My neighbours are all dead."

While most of Dolores's family are still missing, her daughter's eight-year-old son managed to escape the impact of the typhoon.

"I was told he was put on the roof with other children," Dolores said.

"I just keep on crying and I'm absent minded."

Dolores can now only sit and wait in her Mt Morgan home for news of her missing loved ones.

"There's no electricity over there, my brothers can't contact me.

"No one."

TYPHOON HAIYAN

The width of typhoon was 600 kilometres, with winds of 315kmh, and gusts reaching 380kmh.

Height of the storm surge in Tacloban was two metres.

Some of the worst flooding was recorded in Tacloban.

More than 3900 people have died as a result of the typhoon.

The typhoon is the most powerful storm ever to make land.

Topics:  mt morgan phillipines typhoon haiyan



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