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How you can help the typhoon victims of the Philippines

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- With the death count rising and devastation widespread in the Philippines, and tens of thousands left homeless from Typhoon Haiyan, many people are asking "how can I help?"

There's not a simple answer.  Humanitarian agencies and organizations are mobilizing to help, but the sheer enormity of the disaster in the island nation is made even more difficult by how far away it is.  The United Nations humanitarian leader--Valerie Amos--said in Manila that U.N. teams have not yet been able to get to some of the remote communities blasted by the typhoon.  Amos believes 11 million people were impacted, and she's appealing for $300 million to help.

In devastated Tacloban, one 81-year-old woman, her clothes soaked from a pouring rain, said, "We need help. Nothing is happening." She said, "We haven't eaten since yesterday afternoon." Most of the city is in ruins.

Donations to the Philippine-American Association in Rochester will help their family members devastated by the supertyphoon.

Donations to Philippine Minnesotan Medical Association will help the Filipino physicians in greater Rochester organize efforts to send relief goods to the Philippines as soon as they can.

Donations to the Filipino chapter of the International Red Cross will go directly to Manila.

Find out the latest on efforts to help at the Philippine Center of Minnesota's Facebook page.

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