Juneau gained another sister city Saturday afternoon. Representatives from Kalibo in the Phillipines signed documents to make it the fifth city to strike up such a partnership with Juneau.
“Some were paying $50 and some were giving out $100 bill for a $15 plate dinner,” says Dante Reyes, president of Filipino Community, Inc.
As feared, the number of confirmed deaths in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan continues to rise as authorities search through destroyed buildings and as they reach remote areas that were devastated when the storm blew through on Nov. 8.
On Day 11 of the disaster caused in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, “I am not so sure that we’ve reached every single portion of the territory where people are in need of aid,” Bernard Kerblat, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees representative for the Philippines, said Monday.
“We’re still waiting for reports” from relatives and friends, says the president of Juneau’s Filipino Community Inc.
The Philippines is just now starting to assess the damage caused by the landfall of one of the most powerful tropical cyclones in recorded history.
Meteorologists weren’t holding back Friday after watching in amazement as Typhoon Haiyan roared over the Philippines with pounding rain and top sustained winds approaching 200 mph as it neared the coast.