MANILA, Philippines – The Miami Heat’s Filipino-American head coach Erik Spoelstra on Sunday extended his condolences to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), which left thousands dead in the Philippines.
“On behalf of the Miami HEAT organization, we would like to extend our condolences to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines,” Spoelstra said in a statement.
“We value the many fans that we have over there, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers,” he added.
Spoelstra’s mother hails from San Pablo, Laguna, and he has regularly visited the country since being named head coach of the Heat.
Yolanda, one of the most powerful storms in recorded history, killed at least 10,000 people in Leyte and at least 300 in neighboring Samar, officials said on Sunday.
Yolanda was a category 5 typhoon that churned through the Philippine archipelago in a straight line from east to west. It smashed into coastal communities in Samar before dawn on Friday, bearing maximum sustained winds of about 315 kilometers per hour.
It exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday and weakened slightly while heading towards Vietnam.