NBC12 Reporter Ashley Monfort talks to father in Philippines - FOX Carolina 21

NBC12 Reporter Ashley Monfort talks to father in Philippines

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CADIZ, PHILIPPINES -

The U.S. State Department just confirmed  two U.S. citizens were killed in the typhoon that hit the Philippines. People there are still living without food, water or help.

At NBC12, reporter Ashley Monfort has been concerned as well. Her father lives in an area destroyed by the typhoon, she is getting a closer look at the aftermath.

Her father tells her the farm will recover, she recorded their first conversation since the storm.  Before Typhoon Haiyan hit, her father, Rafael Monfort, grew a number of crops including  sugar cane, mung beans, and lettuce.

But then the typhoon hit.

"The glass window exploded and almost a few feet from me," he said.  "The wind is like a sharp blade, ya know?  It cuts everything."

At category three, it's the strongest storm he's ever seen.  The epicenter was in Tacloban, Rafael lives more than 200 miles away in Cadiz.

And the damage to his farm is extensive.  Most homes, except his, were destroyed by fallen trees.  Local news outlets say 900 homes in the region are gone.  Most of my father's crops are also, now gone.

"Us here, we're hurt, our farm is hurt economically," Rafael said.  "Of course deep inside I feel terrible. It's deep inside you cry but because of the activities you keep on going."

A generator now provides two hours of electricity every day.  He's spending the days cutting trees, trying to clear roads.  There are no extra crews to help with cleaning up.

"The kids are helping. Imagine!  These kids here they get a gallon of fresh water from the spring ," he said.  "There's no insurance.  There's not even the government, they're so stretched out."

Despite all of this, Rafael says he is thankful it wasn't worse.

"You can still see them smiling. You know how Filipinos are, they're always smiling," he said. 

His farm has some food and water.  He says it's the people in Tacloban and the surrounding regions that need the prayers and the help.  When Ashley asked if she could send him some money.  He told her no and said to send the funds to the Philippines Red Cross.

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