A Nappanee woman's family survived a deadly typhoon that struck the Philippines, but now they need help rebuilding their lives.
Becky Tice's aunt and uncle, Ken and Nelia Miller, fulfilled their lifelong dream by retiring to the Philippines. They built a concrete house about 1,000 feet from the beach. And, the modern design helped save their lives this week.
"They were right in the middle of it," Tice said. "They survived by hunkering down under a concrete sink in their master bedroom."
But, Tice didn't know they were alive until days later, when her uncle was finally able to leave a voicemail for his daugther.
"He had to go to the top of the mountain just to get any type of cell service," Tice said. "So, we don't know a lot of details just because the communication is so bad. When we heard it was OK, it was a huge relief."
Tice says her aunt and uncle's dream home was severely damaged by the storm, along with four homes belonging to her aunt's extended family. She believes they're taking shelter in what little is left of the houses.
Now, Tice and her U.S. relatives are trying to get help for their family overseas. They've setup a website seeking donations to help with the cost of rebuilding the damaged homes.
But, they're also worried about how their family will deal with more immediate needs.
"I've been told they don't have food or water, so we're just hoping they can survive," Tice said. "I hope the best for everyone there. But, when it's your own family, it's very scary."
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