Homonhon Island: Relatives Say No Contact

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
November 11, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Relatives of people who live on Homonhon Island in the Philippines–one of the first places to get hit by Typhoon Yolanda–say they have had no contact with them.

“I have relatives in Homonhon Island. I’ve not heard from them since the storm hit. I’m currently in Surigao with my parents, who are safe,” wrote Reynafe Caberrio Rita on the BBC’s website. “My sister, uncles and other relatives are on Homonhon Island and we’ve not had any contact.”

He estimates that the island was likely “severely damaged as the typhoon hit there first.”

He added: “The government aren’t providing any help so I’m organizing a boat to head to the island to see if we can take supplies and find out what has happened to my family.”

He said that he will leave in around a week.

On Twitter, users pleaded to Philippine news agencies like GMA News to provide an update about the island.

“@ANCALERTS Please update us on the status of Homonhon Island. We haven’t heard anything from my Father Alfredo J. Ladeca. Thank you,” wrote one user. 

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.