(WXYZ) - As relief efforts get underway in the Philippines, family members here in Metro-Detroit are still trying to make contact with loved ones living in the storm-ravaged region.
"They feel at a loss trying to find out what is going on. Communication has been interrupted, it's very hard to get in touch with anyone," said Rev. Abraham Labiano with the Philippine American Ecumenical church in Ferndale. "It pains your heart."
Images of the destruction have members of his congregation fearing the worst. Violite Kenner told us, "The island where I was born, we don't see anything, anything."
Kenner hasn't heard from all of her family members, but with the help of the internet, she has been able to reach out to her children, and they survived. "My son's house, just the roof was damaged, but it's ok, we can fix it. No casualty," said Kenner.
The Red Cross has activated its family tracing services.
If you are looking for a missing family member in the Philippines, remember phone lines may be down. If you are unable to reach family members, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross to initiate a tracing case.