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Chico woman learns family in Philippines are alive

Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:50:29 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 12 2013 11:48:19 AM CST
CHICO, Calif. -

After days of worry, a Chico woman learned Monday night that 14 family members missing in the Philippines since devastating Typhoon Haiyan hit the island country are alive but lost their homes.

While speaking with KRCR about her concerns, Michelle Foster of Chico received a text from her sister that read, in part, "Praise, all our family are safe. I don't know all the details, I only know that a family friend in the province sent word that uncle and both aunts and all the grand kids are safe."

Foster teared up with joy while reading the dramatic and relieving news.

"They're safe now," she says. "It's crazy. I'm so happy right now."

Last word from family members came just as the typhoon was coming on shore.

"They decided that they were going to stay indoors, in their home," Foster says. "Even though there was knee deep of water in their home at that time they decided that they were going to stay. And that's when the transmission stopped."

Although alive, like thousands of others in the Philippines, Foster's family is now homeless and in need of supplies.

"They're still in danger," she says. "There's debris and death and cleanup. They need food. They need food and they need water. They need provisions. They need a place to sleep."

Foster's family lives in Samar province, where the death toll is expected to reach 200.

In a text to KRCR, Foster says her family members homes have all been destroyed and there is nothing but debris left behind. But, she writes, "Thank god they are alive."