EXCLUSIVE:ASU Filipino Students Concerned About Families In Philippines
Three international students at Alabama State University say they're waiting to hear from some of their own family members in the Philippines, after a the strongest typhoon in history turns entire towns into rubble. At least 1,700 people are dead -- but the death toll is expected to reach 10,000. The students just hope their family members aren't among the victims.
Those three Alabama State University students say what worries them most? Is silence. They're thousands of miles away as their families are left picking up the pieces left by the deadly typhoon... and all they can do is wait for answers.
D'Jon-Iva Santos, Marjorie Espina and Marianne Faustino all have family in the Philippines -- and with power and phone lines down, they all have growing concerns about where some of them are.
Faustino says she's only heard from her brother on Facebook...
Santos says she's checking her cellphone and staying online -- she's missing several family members, including aunts and uncles. And the only way she's able to find out the status of her family is through relatives from Manilla -- that's about 500 miles away from where the storm hit.
And help is exactly what some of their fellow students are trying to do -- so the Student Government Association says they'll be getting together to discuss what they can do to help with relief.
Troy University also has a large international base. School officials say they will be discussing how to help with relief efforts during tonight's Student Government Meeting, as well.