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.
WFMY News 2