Two weeks after typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Senator Dick Durbin held a briefing for Chicago’s Filipino community.
The consul-general of the Philippines and representatives of the U.S. Agency for International Envelopment Assistance gave reports at Northeastern University. They said 83,000 families are living in evacuation centers, 2.5 million people rely on food aid, one million homes are damaged and another half a million destroyed. Nearly 1600 people are still missing.
Senator Durbin said an ongoing effort is needed to get the islands back to normalcy.