Guam – At least one family from Guam was displaced as a result of Supertyphoon Yolanda—one of the most powerful typhoons to batter the Philippines in history.
According to Philippine Consul Gary Auxilian, the family of five was vacationing in Tacloban City, the area hardest hit by Typhoon Yolanda.
The family includes a 63-year-old, a 34 year old, and three children, an 11 year old, a 10 year old and a 2 year old child. The family is safe, he says, but because there are no commercial flights operating out of Tacloban right now, they are unable to travel to Manila and catch a flight back to Guam.
“This family was actually asking assistance so they could go back to Manila because there are no commercial flights going to Tacloban now because of what happened,” says Auxilian. “So what we did was just to send the names of these family members to our Department of Foreign Affairs and requested them to find a way to possibly extend whatever assistance, specifically if there’s a way for them to airlift this family just to Manila so this family could fly back to Guam.”
The American Red Cross Guam Chapter has also launched its family tracing services. Executive Director Chita Blaise.
“We already activated our family tracing service as of yesterday and so families here who have familes in Tacloban can come to the chapter and we will start a case work for them,” explains Blaise.
“We already have deployed four specialists, four communication specialists on the ground in Tacloban,” she adds.
Consul Auxilian says other Guam families have also requested support in locating loved ones affected by Typhoon Yolanda. If you need assistance in finding your family in the Philippines, contact the American Red Cross at 472-6217 or the Philippine Consulate General Office at 646-4620.