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American Red Cross deploys delegates to assist Typhoon Haiyan victims

An old tree at Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City. (Source: Cebu Red Cross) An old tree at Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City. (Source: Cebu Red Cross)
(Source: Cebu Red Cross) (Source: Cebu Red Cross)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The American Red Cross said Saturday it will deploy delegates to help in the recovery efforts after a Category 5 typhoon slammed into the Philippines.

With sustained winds reported at over 145 miles per hour, and significantly stronger gusts, Haiyan was the second category 5 typhoon to strike the Philippines this year, according to the American Red Cross.

"Red Cross volunteers throughout the region are reporting significant damage and a growing death toll, while the full extent of the devastation has yet to unfold since many areas are still inaccessible," the Red Cross said in a statement. "The American Red Cross is in close contact with our counterparts in the Philippines and has placed emergency response teams on standby."

The American Red Cross is deploying two people to assist with assessments in the Philippines.

The Red Cross has also activated its family tracing services.

The Red Cross reminds those looking for a missing family member in the Philippines, to remember that many phones lines are down.

"If you are still unable to reach them, you can contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross to initiate a tracing case," the Red Cross said.

Nearly 1 million people stayed in evacuation shelters during Haiyan's landfall.

 Red Cross volunteers and staff disseminated early warning messages and safety tips through the network of Red Cross branches in areas along the typhoon's path. Emergency responders and volunteers have been mobilized to support rescue efforts. Food and other relief items have been pre-positioned throughout the Philippines and thousands of hot meals have been provided to survivors.

To support relief efforts in the Philippines you can mail a check to your local American Red Cross chapter designating Philippines Typhoons and Flood in the memo line.

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