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Local Woman Struggles to Help Her Family in the Philippines

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

At last report, more than 10,000 people are feared dead in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The storm made landfall Friday evening and flattened entire towns in its wake.

For one woman here in the Coastal Bend, the tragedy hits especially close to home -- she has family in the Philippines.

Corpus Christi resident Ava Castillo said that after several days of not knowing if her family was okay, she finally spoke with them on the phone. They are safe, but their homes have been destroyed.

Castillo showed us pictures from a trip she took last September to visit her family in the Philippines. Her family lives in Eastern Samar, which is about three hours away from where the typhoon made landfall, but the damage was widespread. With tears in her eyes, Castillo said all she can do is watch the images of the destruction on TV and do what she can to send her family money for clothing and food so they don't starve.

"I'm fixing these boxes I can send to the Philippines to my family," Castillo said. "I'm filling them up with food. I got one box already full. I'll fill this one with all kinds of canned goods, and just to have something."

Castillo said this is the latest tragedy to impact her family. Her brother recently passed away from cancer, leaving behind a wife and six children. Unfortunately, their home was also left heavily damaged.

Castillo works at Whataburger, and said she is the only one out of her family who moved to the U.S. She said she works hard to help support them.

The good news was that her home, where her father lives, was left standing, and that is where all of her relatives are now staying. She said the biggest challenge is that now, there is simply no food.