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November 11th, 2013
05:48 AM ET

Family: 'We Believe That She Made It"

Typhoon Haiyan survivors are facing a grim struggle in the Philippines but family members back in the United States are also frantic to discover if their loved ones survived.

Nino Arena is one Filipino who can't find his half-sister Dailyn, CNN's Stephanie Elam reports.

Arena says "I want it to be daylight over there so at least we get more progress, we get more news."

The family believes that 20-year-old Dailyn rode out the storm at her job just south of hard hit Tacloban city in Palo–  instead of heading back to her home in Jaro.

Thousands of houses have been obliterated. Many areas are still cut off from transport, communications and power. Some officials say that as many as 10,000 people may have been killed.

Despite that devastatingly high number, Nino remains optimistic about Dailyn.

Elam asks, "How's the hope level within your family?" and the man replies, "It is high. We are - we believe in divine intervention. And we believe that she made it."

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