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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.

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