BRISBANE archdiocese’s Filipino community chaplain Fr Marce Singson is fielding desperate calls as the full extent of devastation from super Typhoon Haiyan emerges.
Fr Singson, a Benedictine priest, is also trying to get details of the wellbeing of his own family – he has 12 siblings and 17 nephews and nieces living in various parts of Leyte, one of the hardest hit provinces.
After trying all weekend to contact his relatives, in between calls from worried members of the 30,000-strong Filipino community in Brisbane archdiocese, Fr Singson managed to make contact.
“Around about two this morning (Monday, November 11) I managed to reach one of my brothers,” he said.
“The call didn’t last long as his mobile phone went flat – there’s no power available to charge phones.”
The scraps of news Fr Singson managed to gather painted a grim picture.
“As far as I can make out all my siblings have had their houses wiped out,” he said. “There’s no food or water in evacuation centres.
“This is because many of the affected centres are isolated … roads are completely blocked by debris from the typhoon.”
The monster storm, estimated to be one of the biggest ever, hit the Philippines on November 9.
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