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Local relief efforts continue for families affected by Typhoon HaiyanUPDATED 6:52 PM HST Nov 11, 2013Video Transcript
The official death toll in the Philippines stands at 942 -- from super typhoon Haiyan -- which made landfall there 3 days ago. But authorities there estimate that number to jump to 10- thousand or more. Bodies still lie uncollected and uncounted in the streets of Tacloban City. Survivors -- pleading for food, water, and medicine -- as relief efforts begin. Meanwhile -- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed U-S Pacific Command to support humanitarian relief efforts there. Soldiers are helping with evacuation efforts... And transporting relief supplies to areas in need. Meanwhile back in Hawaii -- groups trying to help -- need YOUR help. All it takes is a phone call. KITV-4's Brenton Awa joins us now with our continuing coverage... The damage throughout parts of the Philippines -- Immense. And residents need all the help they can get. 9:10 "BRIDGES ARE DOWN, ROADS ARE BLOCKED BECAUSE OF ALL THESE COLLAPSED BUILDINGS AND TREES." Jean Jeremiah heads the Oahu Filipino Community Council. It's been preparing for this situation for years. 152 - 157 "THIS IS NOT SOMETHING NEW TO US, WE AVERAGE TWENTY OR SO TYPHOONS IN A YEAR." The OFCC's created a rapid response committee that keeps cash on reserve for these situations. It fund raises throughout the year. 452 "WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO GET THESE PEOPLE BACK ON THEIR FEET." Jeremiah says the money goes to rebuilding -- churches -- schools and other centers are on its list. But there's a problem. 854 - 904 "THE LACK OF COMMUNICATI ON LINES, THEY'RE STILL DOWN SO WE DON'T KNOW AS MUCH AS WE'D LIKE, WE CAN ONLY RELY ON THE NEWS AND THE PAPERS." The Red Cross is helping. The Hawaii Chapter has set up a family tracing services hotline for those trying to call their loved ones. 13:26 - 1344 "WHAT WE NEED IS THE PUBLICS PATIENCE BECAUSE THE INFRASTRUCT URE IS REALLY DOWN AND SO THE NATIONAL RED CROSS HAS SENT TWO TELECOMMUNI CATIONS EXPERTS WITH THEIR WHOLE SATELLITE SYSTEM TO SET UP SO THAT WE CAN HAVE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE PHILIPINES AND THE UNITED STATES." And Hawaiian Telcom is also on board. It's currently offering free phone calls to the Phillipines to customers using their residential home phones. The number for the Hawaii Red Cross hotline is 739-8115. You'll be asked to give both the contact information for yourself and the person you're trying to get in touch with. To make a donation you can call the Oahu Filipino Community Council -- That number is 387-5481.