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Hawaii observances planned for Typhoon Haiyan anniversary

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A year after Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines, the Philippine Consulate in Honolulu is marking the anniversary as organizations continue to raise funds for victims. A ceremony at the consulate Monday morning will mark the tragedy left by the typhoon, which killed more than 6,300, with another 1,000 still missing.

While much of the damage has been repaired, the psychological toll is still high, with families still unable to find missing relatives.

"Some people think their relatives are elsewhere and maybe will be coming home. other people say their families' bodies were found two villages away," said Emme Tomingbang.

The veteran broadcast journalist visited the area in August with University of Hawaii scientists and members of the Consuelo Foundation, a non-profit organization that has been matching funds raised in Hawaii for typhoon recovery.

Tomingbang also interviewed victims who said they didn't understand what a storm surge was, and lost loved ones swept away by the typhoon's coastal inundation.

"A lot of people died, even in the evacuation centers," she said. "When you think about it, it's just more than sad, it's overwhelming."

"I was watching the Filipino TV last night and I was crying," said May Mizuno. "There are still a lot of help that they needed in the Philippines."

Mizuno is the president of the Congress of Visayan Organizations in Hawaii. For her, the typhoon's devastation is personal: she has family members of her own in the area.

Her group has been working to rebuild two villages, including one in Tacloban, which was hardest-hit by Haiyan, and Bohol, which was hit by an earthquake a month before the typhoon. She'll be heading back to the Philippines next month to reopen those villages.

"It was so overwhelming for us,and we were so thankful that the entire world were responding to the devastation," said Mizuno.

Tomingbang is completing work on the documentary "Haiyan ... After the Storm," which will air on KGMB Nov. 27 at 9 p.m. Mizuno's group will hold a dance party to raise more money for victims Leyte and Bohol at Rumours Nightclub on Nov. 26.

Typhoon Haiyan Remembrance Day observances will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Philippine Consulate General on Pali Highway.

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