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Typhoon calls keep Pa. Red Cross volunteers busy

November 12, 2013
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An American Red Cross office in Philadelphia is playing a big role in the nation's effort to help those affected by the disaster in the Philippines.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter has fielded more than 300 calls from people across the U.S. seeking information about Typhoon Haiyan. That's about 10 times the normal call volume.

A spokesman says many callers are trying to find loved ones in the devastated area. Some want to find ways to help, or to donate money or materials.

The official death toll from the massive storm rose to nearly 1,800 on Tuesday, but authorities expect that to rise markedly. They fear 10,000 people may have died.

The typhoon that hit the island nation Friday had some of the strongest winds ever recorded.



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