Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan is the strongest typhoon in the world this year and the most powerful ever to hit land. REUTERS/Zander Casas (Zander Casas)

A Filipino woman on P.E.I. says she learned that her eight-year-old daughter and her parents are unharmed following Typhoon Haiyan that ravaged the Philippines over the weekend.

Sarah De la Cruz said she prayed that her family was fine through the storm, one of the worst ever recorded.

"And then saying God thank you for keeping them safe because that's the only thing that I really want to hear from them. That they are all good," said De la Cruz.

De la Cruz said she knows of some people living on P.E.I. whose relatives' homes and properties have been affected.

"I feel those Filipinos that are suffering right now, lost their families and loved ones. It is very hard," she said. 

De la Cruz expects the Island Filipino community will work together to help raise money for the relief effort.

The federal government said it will match donations for the Philippines made through a registered Canadian charity. That's in addition to the $5-million contribution Ottawa said it would give to support humanitarian organizations.

Donations can be made until Dec. 8.