Aid is being sent from all over the world to people who are still without food and clean water the Philippines, and one of the survivors is engaged to an East Texas man. The couple was on the phone when the storm hit then the Longview man says the line went dead.
"She had texted me 'oh my god the winds are so strong'. At that point winds were at 195-200 miles an hour. Then I lost all communication," says Tim Parker.
For 3 days Parker didn't know if his fiancee Eileen was even alive in Ormoc , one of the hardest hit areas in the Philippines. Their romance started over a year ago.
"We corresponded over the Internet starting last January then I actually flew over to the Philippines in March. I fell in love with her when I first saw her'" he says.
Parker proposed in July and was working on getting visa papers for Eileen and her daughter, when the typhoon hit. He says he was talking to Eileen on the phone when the line went dead.
"I told her to get water , food, and hunker down. All I saw was destruction and it scared the living daylights out of me," Parker says. Then finally , a call back.
"She called me about 5:30 in the morning on the 10th," he says.
Eileen told him the aftermath is a nightmare.
"A month before the typhoon they had an earthquake. Water and food is very scarce, and they had a prison breakout , and convicts are looting houses," says Parker.
Parker says he is planning on flying to the Philippines to bring Eileen and her daughter to East Texas.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:48 GMT
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