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Red Cross Offers Family Tracing Services for Those Affected by Philippines Typhoon

Debris litters a damaged airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Debris litters a damaged airport after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

UNDATED (WHTC) -- A team of U.S. Marines and Navy sailors is providing assistance to the Philippines after a massive typhoon devastated parts of the island nation.  Marine Brigadier General Paul Kennedy says the area suffered a "double whammy" from a 25-foot tidal surge coupled with tornado-force winds.  The American Red Cross has also sent a few administrators to access the situation.  Kelly Hudson of the West Michigan Red Cross says that no volunteers from our area will head to the Philippines, at least not yet.  She says that the American Red Cross is offering family tracing services to U.S. citizens with family in the Phillipines.  Hudson says that the best way for people to help right now is to donate and make sure you specify where you’d like your money to be spent.

Story by:  Diane E Coston

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