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Tucsonan with ties to Philippines hopes for help

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It's been one week since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, killing thousands and leaving the country in shambles.

Relief supplies continue to come in, but the situation is desperate for the more than the half-million people who have lost their homes and lost everything.

The Red Cross said the number of missing stands at 25,000 people.

Imelda Cuyugan is a native Filipino educated in Tacloban, one the of areas hardest hit by last week's killer typhoon.

"The beaches are beautiful and pristine," she said. "The people are so nice. Very hospitable, friendly. And you can see in their faces, even in this time of disaster, people are still smiling."

The majority of Cuyugan's family still lives in the Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan was so strong that basic services have been knocked out with no end in sight.

"Four nights that I didn't hear anything from any of my brothers and sisters there. I am very close to them," she said.

In pictures from her yearly visits, Cuyugan fears what it will be like to one day go back after speaking with her brother for the first time last night.

"And he was telling me that they are all OK, but everything is gone. They don't know how they can live in that area anymore. It does not look the same, the town that we are living in."

An island nation that's been devastated and a Tucsonan with ties to the Philippines are hoping people will help.

"A little bit of help from here would go a long way," she said.

People can bring donations to the student life centers of the following Pima Campuses as drop off locations for the canned goods and clothing drive to benefit the Haiyan Typhoon survivors:

Northwest Campus (7600 N Shannon Drive)
East Campus (8181 E Irvington Dr)
West Campus (2202 W Anklam Dr)

Hours for all campus drop-off times are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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