Kerry announces mobile phone donations for Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryChimamanda Ngozi Adichie becomes first African to deliver Yale graduation speech Dem Sen. Markey faces potential primary challenge in Massachusetts Judd Gregg: The dangers of the Bolton Doctrine MORE announced Monday that the State Department was partnering with a U.S. nonprofit group to coordinate mobile phone donations for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

The massive storm slammed into the Philippines on Friday, and has displaced more than half a million people. According to Reuters, officials estimate some 10,000 people are feared dead.

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Kerry aid that the mGive Foundation has been tapped to coordinate donations via text message.

"U.S. wireless subscribers can text AID to 80108 to give a $10 donation to the mGive Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund," Kerry said. 

Kerry said that on a governmental level, U.S. embassies in the Philippines and Palau were in "close contact" with local governments in efforts to direct aid.

"The U.S. government is organizing emergency shipments of critically needed material to provide shelter to the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos driven from their homes by this unprecedented typhoon," Kerry said. "We are also organizing emergency shipments of food and hygiene supplies to thousands of families."

The U.S. government has made an initial $100,000 available to assist the Philippine government.

"I want to assure the people of the Philippines and the many Americans of Filipino heritage that we are working as hard as possible to provide essential assistance to help the Philippine people and their government recover from this tragedy," Kerry said.

In a satement on Sunday, President Obama said he was "eeply saddened by the loss of life and extensive damage done by Super Typhoon Yolanda."

 

"The United States is already providing significant humanitarian assistance, and we stand ready to further assist the Government's relief and recovery efforts," Obama said.