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In Wake Of Typhoon In The Philippines, Red Cross Opens Local Call Center

The American Red Cross is operating a call center in the national capital region to field inquiries about people missing in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

The call center was open for nine hours on Sunday and received between 50 and 100 calls. Rebecca Callahan of the Red Cross says there's a lot of confusion after such a powerful storm swept through.

"Some are looking for family, some are looking for coworkers, it depends. There are variations on what kinds of people call in," she says.

Callahan says they're compiling the requests from this region until officials in the Philippines have a better handle on the recovery.

"At this point there's really not much information coming out of the Philippines, so we're kind of getting the data together and letting people know there;s inquiries and getting that to national," she says.

Callahan says the best way for anyone to help with the recovery is by making a donation.

To inquire about friends or family members living in the Philippines, call the center at 703-584-8761. Inquiries about U.S. citizens in the affected area should be directed to the U.S. State Department.

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