Spokane woman worries about family in the Philippines




Posted on November 11, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 10:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The typhoon aftermath in the Philippines is affecting families in the Spokane area as they wait to find out how their loved ones are doing.

Power and phone lines are down in the Philippines making communication tough. One Spokane woman said many of her family members are still missing.

Richell Ceballos was able to get a hold of her mother in the Philippines Sunday morning but she is not sure if ten of her other family members are okay.
“You don't know what's happening to your family back there and you are here and you can't do anything,” said Ceballos.

Ceballos has been watching overseas news outlets online and getting updates from her friends through Facebook.
“It's like a title wave, the water rises and eats the land. It's like 2 stories high. And when the water is gone they were able to walk around and they see dead people,” said Ceballos.

Ceballos said that is what she has heard it is like in the town of Tackloban near where her relatives live.

Ceballos’ friend Vince took a two hour boat ride and then rode his motorcycle to her hometown of Kananga to check on his and Ceballos’ family. The journey took Vince six hours because of debris in the road. That journey is usually only a 30 minute ride.

"All of the houses are made of concrete, the roofs are gone and all trees are on the roads and electric wirings,” said Ceballos.

Ceballos’ mother waited out the storm in her home. She walked nine miles to get a cell signal to call her daughter.

"She says it's like the end of the world. The winds are so strong it's like you are in a washing machine,” said Ceballos.

Her mom said food is limited.

"She was able to stock some food but it's limited for 3 days and she knows it won't be back to normal for days,” said Ceballos.

Ceballos’ friends will keep traveling to her hometown looking for her family to bring them food. She is hoping her family can hang on.

“There's another storm coming and it's the same route as where the storm has gone, so I don't know,” said Ceballos.

Ceballos said families really need donations to help buy food. Those donations can go through the Red Cross.