PINEVILLE, N.C. – Days after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines, Charlotte-area families are still desperate to find their loved ones in the storm-ravaged nation.
The U.N. estimates 600,000 people are displaced by the storm.
“I want to have the peace of mind,” said Ghing Voght. “It’s really hard.
Other than traditional news outlets, there are few resources where Filipino-Americans can learn about the devastation in their homeland.
Omnipresent social media and cell phones are useless in many parts of the Philippines where power is out.
“I still never heard from my mom or relatives,” said Elsa Laffitt, shop owner in Pineville.
Laffitt’s been calling her mother repeatedly since Friday, hoping to connect. Her family lives in Albuera, about two hours outside the hardest-hit area of Tacloban.
“I don't know what I would do if something happened to my mom. I live for my mom,” Laffitt said.
The American Red Cross has started a family tracing service. Filipino-Americans should contact their local Red Cross chapter to start a tracing case.