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How to help Typhoon Haiyan survivors

The Philippine island face a daunting relief effort after Typhoon Haiyan killed an estimated 10,0000 and destroyed over 56,000 homes.
/ Source: MSNBC TV

The Philippine island face a daunting relief effort after Typhoon Haiyan killed an estimated 10,0000 and destroyed over 56,000 homes.

U.S. agencies and organizations worldwide are pitching in to provide relief to the victims of Philippine typhoon Haiyan.

An estimated 10,000 people are dead from the monster typhoon, the Associated Press reports. With over 9.5 million people are affected by Haiyan, the U.S. and other governments have deployed relief efforts and resources to the Philippines to respond to the devastating destruction. According to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, at least 600,000 people have been displaced from their homes after surging waves and forceful winds up to 235 mph wrecked 70 to 80% of structures on Friday that were left in ruins. 

Brian Goldbeck, acting ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, issued a disaster declaration to provide an immediate $100,000 for relief efforts. 

"The situation is bad, the devastation has been significant," Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras told a news conference. "In some cases the devastation has been total." 

On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the State Department will deploy a team of U.S. veterans to Southeast Asia and work with the Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund established by a U.S. nonprofit, The Give Foundation, to coordinate donations to victims. 

Here's how you can help:

The American Red Cross has created a family tracing service in addition to other aid operations. If you are unable to reach a family member in the Philippines, you can contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross to open a tracing case. Representatives added that it has deployed two people to assist with assessments in the Philippines. It asks 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.

The Philippine Red Cross said it has mobilized teams on the ground to help with rescue and relief operations. Go to redcross.org.ph to donate directly to the Philippine Red Cross.

UNICEF is taking donations to help provide children with shelter, clean water, nutrition and vaccines. Representatives 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.

World Food Programme, a United Nations organization, 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. Representatives said they have allocated $2 million for the disaster response and officials joined an assessment mission to survey damage in Leyte and Samar provinces. Donate by going to www.wfpusa.org or text "AID" to 27722 to instantly donate $10.

Save the Children is also mounting disaster relief efforts to help children and families in the region with emergency assistance.

Catholic Relief Services is accepting donations on its website as it begins moving supplies and staff to respond to the typhoon. Joseph Curry, with Catholic relief services says that victims are in desperate need of help rebuilding their homes.

World Vision said it will provide food and water to those in evacuation shelters. Representative said it is putting together resources to assist 1.2 million people, including food, hygiene kits, emergency shelter and protection. One-time donations can be made at worldvision.org.

Habitat for Humanity plans to offer shelter repair kits for families who need to re-build damaged homes.

Operation USA said it will allocate donations directly to relief and recovery efforts.

National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) has created a disaster relief fund for victims in the Philippines.

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

Mercy Corps is accepting donations on its website as emergency responders move food, water, shelter and other supplies to the region.

Americares plans to deploy an emergency response team tio the islands. Go to http://americares.org or call (800) 486-4357.

Google has also launched a person finder.

Other countries such as Australia, Japan, Taiwan have plans to send out relief teams to assist with medical aid and asessements in the Philippines. Australia announced to dole $9.4 million dollars in addition to sending an emergency medical team. and aid to the U.N. Flash Appeal and other Australian non-governmental organizations for immediate assistance. Japan plans to fly out a 25-member medical team, and Taiwan will send $200,000 in aid. 

Celebrities, politicians, and religious leaders have expressed their support and condolences to the ravaged nation, urging donations and assistance to relief efforts. 

The Associated Press, Reuters, and NBC News contributed to this report.