A&M Filipino Students to Provide Relief for Typhoon Victims

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BRYAN- From above, it looks like a war zone, but relief efforts are underway to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The super typhoon slammed the Philippines, killing more than 2,200 people and injured thousands more.

Even though the Red Cross, USAID and the United Nations have donated millions of dollars for relief efforts, victims are desperate for aid.

Katrina Tuazon has family living in the Philippines and said the only thing she could do is pray.

"I started getting really worried and stressed about it. it was kind of difficult for me, especially since I am really close to my grandmother," Tuazon said. "She is my world."

She has finally heard from her grandmother, who is O-K, but that's not the case for thousands who have died.

Tuazon along with the rest of the Texas A&M Philippine Student Association is stepping up to help their home country.

"My main concern was how our organization could help out," said group treasurer, Liezyl Hinayon.

Hinayon is a Philippine native and said she was scared for her friends and family. The college student is ready to step in and do her part to help efforts by donating money, something desperately needed.

The mayor of Taclobhan is urging residents to flee the city because of not enough food, water and medicine. Now officials are worried disease will spread quickly in the area.

"Not to have water in a hot climate, you can die of dehydration," said Andrew Natsios, Texas A&M professor and the former administrator of USAID, which provides urgent disaster assistance. He said the best way to help the Philippines is to donate cash.

"There is going to be so much aid going in that it would be chaotic if you don't have order to it," Natsios said.

Texas A&M University student Laura Atamosa is desperate to help her relatives overseas. "Our home country needs us," Atamosa said. "As a Filipino-American, I have so much pride in my country."

As people pick up pieces up their life thousands of miles away they can rest assured that help is coming.

"As long as it comes from the heart, it can help out a lot in the long run," Atamosa said.

To help the typhoon victims, the Philippine Students Association is donating all proceeds from their annual talent show to typhoon victims. It's taking place at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 16 at Rudder High School in Bryan.