San Diegans plan to help relatives affected by Typhoon Rammusun

SAN DIEGO - Typhoon Rammusun tore through three countries in Asia over four days.

The Philippines was one of the first to bear the brunt last Wednesday and one of the hardest hit. Heavy rain triggered floods and landslides. Strong winds ripped off roofs, uprooted trees and tore apart homes and buildings. 

"The public market was devastated," said Rancho Penasquitos resident Dee Esperanza.

Esperanza showed 10News photos of the devastation in the town of Luisiana on the island of Luzon. Her husband Renato grew up in that town.

Facebook is their only way of knowing how everyone is doing since there is no power and no home phones.

"I feel like I wanted to help but I'm too far away," said Renato Esperanza.

More than 11,000 families are now without a home.

"Even though they are small houses, if that's all you have, it's just devastating to them," said Dee Esperanza. "We are lucky that no one was killed in that devastation."

Others were not so lucky. As of Monday afternoon, the number of people killed in the Philippines was 112.

 In Vietnam, 18 people were killed.

Thirty-three people died in China. The country's southern province had not seen a typhoon this strong in 40 years. 

Typhoon Rammasun weakened as it moved away from the Philippines but quickly regained strength as it neared China as a super typhoon, with winds of at least 155 miles an hour.

The Esperanzas, along with other Filipinos in Southern California, plan to donate money to recovery efforts in Luisiana.

"The town is really in need," said Dee Esperanza.

With no help from the government, the small town could take months to rebuild.

Many towns in the northern Philippines were still trying to rebuild from Typhoon Haiyan last November. That typhoon claimed 6,300 lives.

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