Comcast making Filipino Channel free in wake of typhoon

Staff writerNovember 11, 2013 

Comcast has made its Filipino Channel available to its customers in Washington free of charge through Nov. 18. The channel is available on Xfinity TV channel 241.

The move comes after the Philippines was devastated last week by Typhoon Yolanda - one of the strongest storms in recorded history. Estimates put the number of dead at 10,000 with 90 percent of housing destroyed in the central part of the island nation.

"Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the devastating typhoon in the Philippines –the victims, their families and their loved ones. To help our customers stay better connected to news and updates in the aftermath of the storm, we have worked with the Filipino Channel, whohas been providing special coverage on the ground in the Philippines," a spokesman for Comcast said in a statement.

Aid, including a massive military response from the United States and humanitarian groups, is moving to the Philippines.

A typhoon is identical to a hurricane but the terms differ depending on which region of the planet the storm originates in.The storm is also being called Typhoon Haiyan.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau there are 3.2 million people of Filipino ancestry in the U.S. - the second largest Asian American group in the nation after Chinese Americans.

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