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Tennesseans Get Grim News From the Philippines

Taclaban City, Philippines
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennesseans with family in the Philippines are finally making contact with relatives, and some are getting grim news.

Matthew Solis, President of the East Tennessee Philippine-American Association, says most of his members have now made contact with family in the hurricane ravaged island nation.

Solis says one of his members learned that her entire family had perished in the storm. He's also learned from family and friends that some relief supplies are now getting through, but disaster aid is still spotty at best.

“The concentration of relief goods are in the major cities like Tacloban, Leyte, Cebu, Ormoc…those areas. But there are other areas affected by the typhoon that does not have the relief yet.”

Solis says a few of his members have already traveled to the Philippines to help with disaster recovery. He intends to travel there next month.

The East Tennessee Philippine-American Association plans to get deeply involved in the recovery effort.