Typhoon Haiyan: How to help relief efforts

A weakened Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in northern Vietnam early Monday and was downgraded to a tropical storm as it entered southern China later in the day, but the damage and death tolls appear nothing like the havoc the storm wreaked upon the Philippines Friday.

Despite an official death toll of just over 250, authorities there fear it could climb to 10,000 or more. At least 2 million people in 41 Philippine provinces are affected by the disaster, with tens of thousands of houses wiped away, decomposing bodies under twisted rubble, and survivors struggling to find food and clean water.

The United States, United Nations and Red Cross are among those donating supplies.

JEWISH FEDERATION OF CLEVELAND

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland is working with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to evaluate the situation in the Philippines and organize resources. Donations can be made online at www.jewishcleveland.org or by mail at Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, P.O. Box 74320, Cleveland, OH 44194-4320.

RED CROSS

The American Red Cross said it has deployed two people to assist with assessments in the Philippines and activated its family tracing services. It asked those who want to support relief efforts to mail a check to their local American Red Cross chapter, with "Philippines Typhoons and Flood" in the memo line. Go to redcross.org for local chapter information or redcross.org.ph to donate directly to the Philippine Red Cross.

UNICEF

UNICEF said its staff in the Philippines is being repositioned to help in relief efforts and 66 tons of emergency supplies are being sent from Copenhagen. An airlift set to arrive on Tuesday will include water purification systems, storage equipment and sanitation supplies. Donations can be made to UNICEF at unicef.org/support.

SAVE THE CHILDREN

The organization started an emergency fund to help kids and families hit by the typhoon.

CARE

CARE's response team will evaluate shelter, food and safe water needs.

UNITED NATIONS WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME

The United Nations World Food Programme said it has allocated $2 million for the disaster response and officials joined an assessment mission to survey damage in Leyte and Samar provinces.

WFP said it will send more than 40 tons of high energy biscuits and work with the Filipino government to help with logistics and emergency communications systems. It asks for donations at www.wfpusa.org or by texting the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10.

OXFAM AMERICA

Its emergency team is supplying water and sanitation resources to typhoon survivors.

MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES, DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS

MSF is providing 200 tons of medical and relief supplies expected to arrive in the next 3 days.

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS

The organization is sending a team to deliver life-saving medical supplies.

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES

Catholic Relief Services is accepting donations on its website, emergencies.crs.org, as it begins moving supplies and staff to respond to the typhoon.

WORLD VISION

World Vision said it is putting together resources to assist 1.2 million people, including food, hygiene kits, emergency shelter and protection. It asked for one-time donations to be made at worldvision.org.

AMERICAN JEWISH JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has begun collecting donations for relief efforts. To contribute, go to www.jdc.org or call 212-687-6200.

MERCY CORPS

Mercy Corps said it has launched emergency response efforts to provide food, water, shelter and basic supplies to typhoon survivors. To contribute, go to www.mercycorps.org/typhoon or call (800) 292-3355.

AMERICARES

AmeriCares is preparing to deploy an emergency response team to the Philippines. To donate go to americares.org  or call (800) 486-4357.

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE

The International Rescue Committee has dispatched an emergency team to Manila and launched a $10 million appeal. The IRC will work to determine which of its areas of expertise -- from water and sanitation to education -- are most needed.

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF

Lutheran World Relief said it has deployed its local staff to stricken areas and is appealing for $2.5 million to aid its recovery effort. To donate, go to lwr.org/donate

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