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November 10, 2013

Relief effort begins after Philippine typhoon

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

The United Nations World Food Programme said it has allocated $2 million for the disaster response and officials joined an assessment mission.

WFP said it will send more than 40 tons of high energy biscuits and work with the Filipino government. It asks for donations at wfpusa.org or by texting the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10.

UNICEF said its staff in the Philippines is being repositioned to help in relief efforts and 66 tons of emergency supplies are being sent from Copenhagen. Donations can be made to UNICEF at unicef.org/support.

The American Red Cross said it has deployed two people to assist with assessments in the Philippines and activated its family tracing services. Go to redcross.org for local chapter information or redcross.org.ph to donate directly to the Philippine Red Cross.

Catholic Relief Services is accepting donations on its website, emergencies.crs

.org, as it begins moving supplies and staff to respond to the typhoon.

World Vision said it is putting together resources to assist 1.2 million people, including food, hygiene kits, emergency shelter and protection. It asked for one-time donations to be made at worldvision.org.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has begun collecting donations for relief efforts. To contribute, go to jdc.org or call 212-687-6200.

Mercy Corps said it has launched emergency response efforts to provide food, water, shelter and basic supplies to typhoon survivors. To contribute, go to mercycorps.org/typhoon or call (800) 292-3355.

AmeriCares is preparing to deploy an emergency response team to the Philippines. To donate go to americares.org or call 800-486-4357.

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