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Ohio Families Lose Loved Ones in Typhoon
COLUMBUS (Jen French)--People in central Ohio are feeling the effects of a typhoon thousands of miles away.
An estimated 2,000 people have died from Typhoon Haiyan and hundreds are still missing.
The city Tacloban, which was hit the hardest, is home to nearly 220,000 people, but there is no word on how many are still there.
In Ohio, Melissa Abiva Fata has relied on Facebook and her phone to get updates on her relatives abroad.
Fata found out her cousin Roseabel was with her 4-year-old son, Carlo, during the storm. Roseabel reportedly died trying to get out of their home.
Carlo is still missing.
"We don't know," Fata said, looking at Google images of what is left of her mother's home. "He could be buried under the rubble of a home or somewhere."
In a bit of good news, Fata discovered her uncle Danny Romualdez and cousin Ados survived.
Joy Kouns-Lewis also lost a cousin to the storm, and is still waiting to hear from 10 missing family members.
"Our family members are just really suffering right now of hunger and thirst," Kouns-Lewis said.
Kouns-Lewis said her family may send someone abroad to help with the relief effort.
In Columbus, the Hills Market Downtown has planned to host a Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief Fundraiser Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its 95 N. Grant Street location.
The market will serve ham and cheese as well as veggie and desert crepes.
The Red Cross is also accepting donations at www.redcross.org, and people can donate $10 to the Salvation Army by texting Typhoon to 80-888.