Philippines typhoon hits close to home for some Whitehorse residents

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Whitehorse resident Leziel Johnstone was at work when she first heard that a typhoon had reached Kabankalan, the city in the Philippines where her sister lives.

“I was terrified … I just cried because at that time, I didn’t have contact with my family,” said Johnstone. “I still tried my best to concentrate at work, but my mind, back home, hoping they are safe.”

Typhoon Rai battered the Philippines on Dec. 16, 2021, destroying homes, streets and the lives of many Filipinos.

The aftermath is still impacting many people, including close relatives of Yukoners.

According to the country’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, 407 people lost their lives, 66 are

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