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Survivor: We've been told to start over

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The damage from Typhoon Haiyan has left a big mark on the Philippines.

"It is just so massive, so extensive, you just don't know when to stop because the moment when you are done with one relief operation another text will come in or a report."

Working to locate and help families and friends in the Philippines is a full time job for survivors.

"I was huddled together my family and we were just praying and praying," said Mary Lou Labrador-Neri.

Mary Lou lives in Cebu City and saw very minimum damage.

Unlike the thousands of others in the Northern part of Cebu and Tacloban.

"What is happening now is that people are just coming together whatever bits and pieces of information we know, we post them on Facebook or e-mail them and somehow we are able to trace who are okay or who are those not accounted for," she said.

Isolde Amante also talked to us via Skype, as did Neil Sanchez.

Amante is the editor of a local paper, The Sun Star Cebu.

"Right now, there is just no way to get that type of information, so as a journalist it is just frustrating," she said.

Sanchez is a government official. He said Monday morning that U.S. aid was arriving in the country to help people who were affected by the storm. His estimate was that "90 percent of all people living in municipalities had suffered some impact."

Amante showed some pictures of the places people sought shelter.

"People went to churches, municipal halls, public buildings, where they expected to be safe and even these places were devastated as well," she said.

A photo captured in Daanbantayan Cebu showed rescuers moving people from one crumbling shelter to another.

"At the height of the typhoon, people had to move to safer shelter, and they were made to hold onto ropes to make sure they wouldn't be blown away, and they had to do that while avoiding debris," she said.

Towns located in Cebu are flattened.

Several homes lay flattened while a bus station survived in Bogo City Cebu,

"The mayors have told us that they basically have to start over," said Amante.

The Philippine Red Cross website has a lot of information about how to connect with families and how to volunteer and donate.

You can find the website at: http://www.redcross.org.ph/

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