A SWANSEA man is finally being reunited with his family almost two months after they were caught up in the Filipino typhoon.
When Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the south sea islands back in November, claiming nearly 4,000 lives and destroying hundreds of thousands of homes, Paul Anthony watched helplessly from the other side of the world.
Mr Anthony is currently working part time in Marks & Spencer to help support wife Elizabeth, who moved back home eight years ago when the couple adopted Kyla, aged 10, and Joshua, aged 11.
Mrs Anthony and the children are not eligible to live in the UK because the family does not earn the £24,800 that the Home Office deems necessary to support the family.
Until now Mr Anthony - who had to wait several days before learning that his family had the survived the disaster but seen the house where they were living lose its top floor - has depended upon Skype to keep in contact with his children.
Skewn-born Mr Anthony said: “At last I have my flight booked to go to Philippines. It’s been a long time and I get quite emotional about it.
“Due to my employment I had to wait for them to arrange my holidays. They have been pretty good, they gave me three weeks together, special circumstances.
“I would also like to thank my church, Liberty, who have helped me with the trip.”
Mr Anthony will fly out Flying on January 30 for three weeks.
While images of the destruction were beamed all over the world the clean up is still ongoing despite the news moving on.
He said: “Could be interesting to see how things are out there. I Can’t carry too much but my church is going to send a few boxes of clothes and books.”
And Mr Anthony added that he had spoken to the Home Office and has not given up hope and brining his wife of 25 years and their children over here to live.
“I would really like to talk to somebody who knows about the legal issues involved,” he said.