30 Family Members Missing in Typhoon Haiyan Devastation

Monday, 11 Nov 2013 05:55 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Around 30 members from one family are missing after Super Typhoon Haiyan destroyed parts of the Philippines in what some are calling the worst storm ever recorded.

Daisy Nemeth lives in Hong Kong and, though worried about family members, she wasn’t concerned when she didn’t hear from them right away, she told CNN. But it’s been three days since the storm hit, and she can’t find any trace of the 30 family members.

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Nemeth is pregnant and the mother to young twins, so she can’t go to the country to look herself. Her family has even tried to find someone to go to the Philippines and look for them, with no takers.

“If no one can or is even willing to do it, I can't even begin to imagine the situation there,” she told CNN. “In the Philippines you can buy anything and anyone. I hate to say it but that's the truth. So if we can't even pay someone to go in and look for them...”

Many of Nemeth’s family members were in Tacloban, on Leyte Island, which was one of the areas hit hardest by the storm. She is watching websites where pictures and notes from survivors are being posted, but so far has found nothing.

Nemeth is one of thousands of people trying to find their loved ones after the devastating storm crashed through the Philippines. The estimate of 10,000 dead is expected to go up as authorities are able to access areas that are still totally blocked.

Not only are areas inaccessible, but survivors are struggling to find food, water and medicine as aid efforts are trying to meet needs, The Associated Press said. A freelance reporter, Dean Bernardo, told the AP “a lot of people there are going hungry and are close to desperation,” referring to Tacloban.

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