WORRIED: Dottie Horfilla and her husband Onie Horfilla flick through a family album.
WORRIED: Dottie Horfilla and her husband Onie Horfilla flick through a family album.

Onie Horfilla finally in contact with family in Philippines

ONIE Horfilla was filled with relief when he was finally able to contact the family he feared might not have survived the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.

He had concerns for his brother Edgardo's family, who lived in Tolosa near the centre of Haiyan's destruction at Tacloban City.

But he has since learned that all his family, including his brother and sister-in-law, have survived the typhoon which has an official death toll set at 5240.

There are still 1613 people missing.

Onie said his family have cleared the rubble from their house and are living in a shelter on the site of the ruins.

"I can't make words," he said of the feeling he had when he finally heard from them.

"My brother doesn't speak much or show emotion, but I can sense the relief."

He said he and his wife Dottie were still deciding whether to travel to the Philippines to help them rebuild, or whether to send through money.

Dolores Du'pelle has not managed to speak directly to her family in Tacloban directly, but she knows they are all safe after her daughter managed to speak to some family in Manila who had heard from them.

"You know why my family survived? I prayed every day," she said.

"I am happy, it's a big relief."

Dolores said her family wanted to move to Manila after her neighbours were killed in the typhoon, but she said she could not afford the rent in that area.



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