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Local impact of Philippines typhoon

Rochester, N.Y. Its a storm that hit on the other side of the world, typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines leaving some 500,000 people homeless and an estimated 10,000 people dead.

It was just terrible, said Brescila Bell of Rochester, who just found out Monday her family in the Philippines are okay. I didnt sleep for 2 nights. I never experienced this in my whole life.

The internet is the only way Bell and her family have been able to find anything out about their loved ones, which is why Blandina Bergado is glued to the computer.

I haven't heard anything, said Bergado, whose father, siblings and son-in-laws mother have been missing since the storm. I'm looking at Facebook, if someone can contact me about what's going on there.

Bergados family lives right outside of Tacloban, the city hardest hit by the storm.

I'm really worried about them, what's going on now where they are, said Bergado. It breaks my heart too much. I'm just praying, I hope they are alive - I pray to God.

Bergado and her family in the states have donated money to help with relief efforts.

In the meantime, they continue to pray.

Below are some ways you can help: 

Salvation Army
100 percent of all disaster donations will be used for relief efforts and "to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors." Text TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10 or give online. 

Doctors Without Borders
The organization is sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, including vaccines, tents and hygiene kits.

Red Cross
Emergency responders and volunteers throughout the Philippines are providing meals and relief items. Already, thousands of hot meals have been provided to survivors. Red Cross volunteers and staff also helped deliver preliminary emergency warnings and safety tips. Give by donating online or mailing a check to your local American Red Cross chapter. 

The relief organization is sending medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. AmeriCares is also giving funds to local organizations to purchase supplies.

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