Copenhagen Natives Witness Devastation in Philippines

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Copenhagen natives Martii and Angelo Tan-Alberto live in the Northern Philippines city of Manila.

The devastating winds and rains of this weekend's typhoon missed their city, but the storm hit their neighbors to the south.

"We didn't know how bad it was until we got there," said Angelo in a phone interview with 7 News.

The brothers went to high school in Copenhagen, but are in the Philippines attending college.

After the storm tore through, they traveled south with UNICEF to help out. They say they could not comprehend what they saw.

"You could see those injured, those who died, and they're just lying in the streets with like, body bags covered, and kids crying and mothers looking for kids," said Angelo.

With nearly 200 mph winds flattening cities, the brothers say their help seems like it does nothing compared with the immensity of the destruction.

"You feel like you're so helpless, even though you give the relief goods. You want to do something more. I felt like me and my brother were useless," said Martii.

Martii and Angelo say you can donate to UNICEF or to the American Red Cross to help out.

They both agreed it will be a long time before the Philippines recovers from one of the deadliest storms in recorded history.

Thursday, November 27, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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