Family’s relief at typhoon news

Catherine Lequin Encinas Hambrey, of Denaby, has family members in the Phillipines effected by the hurricane. Picture: Marie Caley S1065MC
Catherine Lequin Encinas Hambrey, of Denaby, has family members in the Phillipines effected by the hurricane. Picture: Marie Caley S1065MC

A Denaby woman who feared her family was among the thousands dead in the typhoon-hit Philippines has spoken of her relief after learning they are safe.

Catherine Lequin Encinas Hambrey had not heard from her parents, brothers and sisters for several days after typhoon Haiyan swept through the country causing mass devastation.

But the 41-year-old received a text message from her sister Sheilla in the early hours of Tuesday to say: “All of the family is okay.”

Her relatives were among 14 families who barricaded themselves in against 150mph winds at her parents’ brick-built home.

Mrs Hambrey said: “I thought they were dead. My heart was beating so fast when my sister finally texted me. I was so relieved. Thank God.”

But she added that she now fears her relatives may starve if aid does not reach them.

“I have seen the reports on the news and it is devastating,” she said. “My parents have a water pump but all the shops have blown down. I just hope they can get food.”

The factory worker, who lives with husband Les and their two sons in Westmorland Lane, told how most of the families in the village sought refuge at her parents’ Joe and Lydia’s home when the typhoon hit last Friday.

Among those who survived were her friends, three brothers, their wives and children. Her two sisters live in other parts of the country and also survived. To donate visit www.dec.org.uk or call 0370 6060900.