As parts of the Philippines pick up the pieces left by Typhoon Parma, local residents with strong connections to the area are still trying to contact their loved ones.
Fort St. John resident Mark Enriquez lived in the Philippines until he was eight years old. He moved to Canada with his mother, and has now spent just under 20 years in Canada.
He says while he was living in the Philippines, he witnessed his share of natural disasters, including an earthquake. He says Filipino people always come together in the time of a natural disaster.
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Fort St. John’s Filipino community was estimated at 120 in a 2006 BC Stats report.
In Vancouver, the Filipino community is organizing a fundraiser. Enriquez says the Fort St. John community is much smaller, and it’s difficult to send supplies to the region.
He says his family tried to wire money down to his aunt, but can’t even reach her, due to the disaster.
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At the end of September, a huge storm dumped heavy rains in the Greater Manila region. On October 3rd, Typhoon Parma hit the northern region of the country. Both storms left hundreds of people dead and many more missing.
Enriquez says it’s always scary to hear about forecasted Typhoons, knowing that his family and friends are in the line of fire.