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Raleigh woman waits on word from family in Philippines

Posted November 8, 2013

— Joy Jadloc raced home during her lunch break Friday to check for any kind of updates from her family overseas.

Jadloc was born and raised in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan was wreaking havoc Friday. One of the largest storms on record, Haiyan made landfall in the island nation, killing at least four people, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes and knocking out power and communications in several provinces.

Joy Jadloc Joy Jadloc waits for word from her family in the Philippines

Jadloc has lived in the U.S. for 20 years, but many of her family members still live in the Philippines.

“Not knowing where they are, it’s really really hard,” she said. Four of Jadloc’s siblings live in the hardest hit area. She does not know if any of her family members got to an evacuation center.

She tries to watch the news for updates, but she said seeing the photos is almost too much to bear.

“I want to know where my family is – my brothers, my sisters, my aunt, my cousins,” she said. “I don’t know if they’re swimming in the water. Are they drowning? I have no idea. How can I sleep?”


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