Three of us are really blessed

Three of us are really blessed

It was a bittersweet homecoming for Miss Alyssa Chee.

The 23-year-old was one of three Singaporean students who were unaccounted for last weekend, when Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines on Friday.

But when Miss Chee left Bliss, Tacloban, in the eastern Philippines, on Monday morning, she came home with a heavy heart.

Having been there since Oct 21, she had formed a special bond with the place and its people.

She said: "I'm not sure if they know that another (storm) is coming.

"It was like leaving my family behind."

Miss Chee told reporters at Changi Airport on Tuesday that supplies were taking a long time to get to the affected areas.

She urged Singaporeans to help in the relief effort in "whatever way possible".

Miss Chee, along with Miss Vanessa Chong and Miss Eileen Heng, also 23, are Dietetics and Nutrition students at Adelaide's Flinders University in Australia.

The placement in Tacloban with the non-profit organisation Volunteer for the Vasayans (VSV) was part of their course and they were scheduled to come back to Singapore this weekend.

But they became uncontactable when communication lines were wiped out. The power was cut off by about 4am on Friday.

In The New Paper report on Tuesday, Miss Chee's parents said their last contact with their daughter was early on Friday, when she told them in an SMS that the typhoon was getting stronger and asked her parents to "pray for me".

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