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Kristal Abalos

At least 30,000 Filipinos live in North Texas – and after last week’s typhoon in the Philippines, many in Dallas-Fort Worth are still trying to track down family members who are overseas.

Kristal Honie Abalos of Bedford is among them. She hasn't slept for nearly a week. Her mom, two sisters and a brother, plus 20 immediate relatives, are unaccounted for in Tanauan, a town next to the city of Tacloban, one of the hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan.

Caritas/ CAFOD

Millions of people in the Philippines need help after Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the country -- and relief organizations are already on the ground. (A U.S. military commander told NPR that it "looks like a 50-mile-wide tornado" flattened everything in one city.) Here's a listing of groups that are assisting with the typhoon relief effort:

Caritas / CAFOD

One of the biggest challenges after a disaster the size of Super Typhoon Haiyan is coordinating the delivery of relief materials. The water, medicine and food can only help if it arrives where it’s needed, when it’s needed. That’s where technology comes into play, and a north Texas organization called Aidmatrix.

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The news from the Philippines, where it's feared that last week's powerful Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 10,000 people, isn't getting better as hundreds of thousands of people struggle to survive and authorities struggle to get help to them.