TACLOBAN, Philippines (CBSNewYork) — Amid the devastation in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan, stories of remarkable reunions are surfacing.
As CBS 2’s Kristine Johnson reported, in some cases, worried family members who haven’t heard from their loved ones are taking matters into their own hands.
Ramon Gerardo, who works in Saudi Arabia, traveled three days to find his wife and children.
“Two days, I sleep maybe two hours only, thinking what happened, what is happening to my family, my relatives,” Gerardo says just before he leaves a ferry terminal in Cebu, Philippines.
As the ferry approaches his hometown of Tacloban, Gerardo sees his first glimpse of the destruction done by the powerful storm that has officially left at least 2,344 dead. Soon after, he spots a friend, who assures him his family is safe.
Gerardo then travels several more miles through the broken city before he spots his home.
“That is my house,” he says. “No more roof.”
One by one, Gerardo greets his sons. And then inside the shell that was once his house, he is reunited with his two daughters and his wife.
“My wife!” he says as he kisses her.
But now that Gerardo has found his family, their future remains uncertain. The mayor of Tacloban is urging residents to leave the city and find shelter elsewhere because there is not enough food and water.
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