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November 10, 2013

Relief efforts underway after Philippine typhoon


Associated Press

TACLOBAN, Philippines — Two days after one of the strongest typhoons on record slammed into the Philippines, the death toll in the devastated country is rising. Thousands are feared dead across the hardest-hit areas, including Tacloban, the Leyte provincial capital of 200,000 people. About 300-400 bodies have already been recovered. A mass burial was planned Sunday in Palo town near Tacloban. Haiyan hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippine archipelago on Friday and quickly barreled across its central islands before exiting into the South China Sea, packing winds of 147 miles per hour that gusted to 170 mph, and a storm surge that caused sea waters to rise 20 feet.

The U.S. and other governments and agencies are mounting a major relief effort to help victims of the Philippine typhoon.

Brian Goldbeck, acting ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, issued a disaster declaration to provide an immediate $100,000 for relief efforts. Officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development are deployed around the country to monitor the damage.

Other charities working to provide relief in the Philippines include: