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Thomasville Woman Trying to Contact Family in Philippines

12:05 AM, Nov 14, 2013   |    comments
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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Help for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan is creeping into remote areas of the Philippines where many of the hardest hit still haven't gotten any help. While crews rush to get into the country, it's been a heartbreaking waiting game for families in the United States.

That's what a Triad woman is dealing with right now.

Madelene Powell moved to Thomasville just four years ago, but most of her family is still in the Philippines. They live 45 miles from where Typhoon Haiyan hit land.

It's now a disaster area where storm victims are getting desperate for the basic necessities. Madelene is getting desperate for answers, herself. "Keep calling, hoping one of them will pick up and say 'we're ok,'" said Powell.

Powell says she's called home thousands of times since Friday, not sure if her family is alive or dead. "I would wake up in the morning and first thing I'd do, pick up the phone and hit the call button and I'd get the same thing," said Powell, referring to the phone's busy tone.

Finally, Tuesday night, she got through to her parents' neighbor. There was good news and bad news. She was told her parents are alive, but their fight for survival is long from over.

"They are so desperate to find a way to get food and survive until the help arrives," said Powell. She hopes that help will arrive in time. She's also hoping for some answers.

"I'm so anxious to find out what happened, but I'm so scared to hear what actually happened," said Powell.


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