11/11/2013 10:26 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:56 EST

Sisters learn fate of their family following Typhoon Haiyan

Many Filipinos living abroad are desperately trying to contact their families back home, but entire regions of Philippines remain outside of the contact zone following Typhoon Haiyan.

Leonora Lagunzad and her sister counted themselves among those waiting to hear potentially devastating news. But as they sat down to speak with CBC's Suzanna da Silva about their family, they received an unexpected phone call from Philippines.