STOCKTON, CA - Mario Yaoyao's brother is among the thousands feared dead in the Philippines city of Tachloban.
Although most of his family is safe, "they are still looking for my brother," said Yaoyao.
Tachloban is one of the cities hardest hit by the powerful typhoon. Mario said his brother, Raymond, went to work in the city the morning the typhoon hit, while his brother's wife and children sought higher ground. The wife and children survived the storm.
Yaoyao spent Friday and Saturday trying to get reach his sister to see how everyone was doing. The country's communications network is crippled, and cellphone coverage is spotty at best.
"Finally, last night, I was able to contact [my sister], and the first thing I asked, 'How is my mom?'" Yaoyao recalled. "They said, 'she's OK.'"
Yaoyao said his sister told him the sound of the storm is something she will never forget.