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Typhoon aftermath: 'like a zombie land'

Published On: Nov 12 2013 07:02:21 PM CST
REDDING, Calif. -

While officials in the Philippines work to find and save those injured from the deadly typhoon Haiyan, family members in the Northstate are praying their loved ones are safe.

"We just want to hear from them. We're just aching to know that they're OK” Jose Yusta says with a shaky voice.

Yusta and his wife Gay run Jose’s Family Diner in Redding.

Gay grew up in Tacloban. Her mother, sisters, brothers and all of her family’s children still live in the area hit hardest by the massive storm.

“Tacloban, it’s like a zombie land,” Gay explains to her customers and friends.
“We're kind of in an uncertainty here,” explains Yusta.

As the death toll in the Philippines continues to rise, every minute of not hearing if his wife’s family members are alive is agonizing.

“What I've been thinking about is, ‘it's kind of like having your family abducted, you just don't know. Where are they? Are they OK?’ We just don’t know,” Yusta explains.

The typhoon sent a wall of water from the ocean straight into Tacloban, leveling entire neighborhoods. Places that Yusta’s wife remembers growing up as a little girl.

The couple, along with friends who gathered at their diner, are praying that no news is good news.

Yusta hopes his wife’s family will contact them soon, either through email, social media or over the phone.

To donate to those who are affected by the typhoon, click the RED CROSS link for more information on how you can help.