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How you can help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Lance Cpl. Alan Randall and a Philippine Air Force airman assist an injured Filipino woman (Photo Credit: DVIDSHUB / Flickr) Lance Cpl. Alan Randall and a Philippine Air Force airman assist an injured Filipino woman (Photo Credit: DVIDSHUB / Flickr)
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The American Red Cross is sending support to the Philippines for typhoon relief after a massive storm devastated the country.

The official death toll has risen to just over 1,700, but authorities have said they expect the number to go much higher.

The U.S. State Department says two Americans have died in the storm.

The Red Cross deployed two disaster relief specialists over the weekend to assist in relief efforts.

We spoke to the executive director from the West Central Georgia Red Cross about their efforts.

"About a half a million Philippine Red Cross volunteers are helping folks who are displaced from their homes find immediate shelter, get warm meals, and being able to connect with other family members," said Dr. Z Allen Abbott.

If you would like to donate to or find out more about the organizations aiding those affected by the typhoon, please visit the links below.

Philippine Red Cross: With the help of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Philippine Red Cross has sent first responders to the hardest hit areas. Donate now to the Typhoon Yolanda campaign.

UNICEF: UNICEF says up to 4 million children could be affected by Haiyan and therapeutic food for children, health kits, water and hygiene kits have been mobilized within the country. Donate now to UNICEF.

Save the Children: Save the Children has launched the Philippines Annual Monsoon and Typhoon Children in Emergency Fund to help children and their families in the wake of Haiyan.

CARE: CARE's emergency response team is deploying to assess the urgent shelter, food and safe water needs. Support CARE here.

World Food Programme: The United Nations World Food Programme is ramping up its operation in the Philippines, delivering food and water to those in need. Support WFP here.

Oxfam America: Oxfam's emergency team is on the ground delivering water and sanitation materials to those affected by the typhoon. Support Oxfam here.

Medecins Sans Frontieres, Doctors Without Borders: MSF is sending 200 tons of medical and relief supplies which will arrive in the Philippines within the next three days. Support MSF here.

International Medical Corps: The International Medical Corps has a team on the ground delivering life-saving medical supplies. Support IMC here.

International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee has a team on the ground in the Philippines mobilizing a humanitarian response. Support the International Rescue Committee here.

World Vision: World Vision has mobilized nearly 500 staff in the Philippines to launch its largest relief effort in the country's history, delivering food, clean water, hygiene kits and emergency shelter. Support World Vision here.

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