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Local Filipinos relieved friends, family spared from deadly typhoon

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NEW BERN, N.C. -

As many as ten thousand people have died following a typhoon in the Philippines. Some people here in the East are counting their blessings that their family abroad was spared.

Marissa Phinney, who lives in New Bern, was born and raised in the Philippines and still has friends there.

She says some of her friends had their entire fisheries business wiped out by the storm, but she's thankful they're still alive.

Food, water, and medical supplies are in short supply in certain parts of the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan is considered one of the worst natural disasters to hit the nation.

"Of course you feel sad. Being a Filipino, even if you're in the U.S., your heart is with them. It's still your countrymen," said Phinney.

Phinney is the secretary of the Filipino American Association of Havelock, Cherry Point, North Carolina, which is collecting donations to send to disaster victims in the Philippines. Their website is: filamhavelocknc.org.

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