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Typhoon Haiyan: Filipino Rock Hill woman hears from family a month later

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It's been a month since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines and new government numbers show more than 5,900 people in the Philippines died and thousands of others are still missing.

Last month, WBTV told you about a Filipino woman, who now lives in Rock Hill, who hadn't heard from her family weeks after Haiyan touched down, but new on Monday, she spoke with WBTV and told us that her relatives are doing just fine.

Veronica Mahaffey says she can now breathe easier and focus on her work at the Tropical Sunrise Café knowing that her father and siblings are ok following last month's deadly typhoon.

"I was glad everything was ok except for the house, but we don't mind about the house," said Mahaffey.

Mahaffey shared pictures with WBTV that showed her family standing in what is left of their home and the rest of Haiyan's destruction.

She said her family took cover in whatever they could during those frightful moments when the typhoon swept through the Philippines.

"My sister hid my father in a small refrigerator so he wouldn't get hurt and my sister and my sister hid under the sink," she said.

After hearing about the typhoon's devastation, the folks at Tropical Sunrise raised more than $3,000 to help Mahaffey's family and other families in the Philippines.

Mahaffey says she's grateful for all the people who supported the relief efforts and now she hopes her and her family's life can return to some sense of normalcy.

Although Mahaffey's story had a great ending, Filipino government officials say nearly 2,000 people are still missing following Haiyan's landfall a month ago.

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