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Wabasha family waits for help to get to relatives in Philippines


WABASHA, Minn. (KTTC) -- It has nearly been one week since Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines.

For thousands of people, the need for food, water and medicine is growing desperate.

The need for the bare necessities is becoming more severe by the minute in some of the most badly affected areas in the Philippines.

One family in Wabasha is feeling that need now, as they see loved ones in Cebu struggling to survive from thousands of miles away.

Irish Kate Hermoso-Gordon's family members are among the thousands in the most affected areas of the Philippines, fighting to get the help they so desperately need.

"They're really asking for food and water, because they're just drinking the well water and they're not sure that it's clean enough because of the typhoon, and they're worried about the kids because they're starting to get sick," Kate said.

Kate has been turning to Facebook in order to reach her cousins, whose home is one of the only ones left standing in their community.

Now, her cousins are housing over a dozen families whose homes were destroyed in the typhoon.

The lack of urgency in the government's rescue missions has instilled fear, anger and disappointment in Kate, as she looks at Cebu from her computer screen.

With time running out, Kate and her family hope the aid can reach her family in time. Her family has now been without food for six days.

All Kate and her family can do now, is hope. Hope that the government and relief efforts can reach their loved ones.

The Hermoso-Gordon family says any donations in rescue aid can help.

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