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Local agencies prepare response efforts in Philippines

Local agencies prepare response efforts in Philippines

Baltimore-area organizations were mobilizing relief efforts Saturday after one of the strongest typhoons to make landfall — with winds reaching almost 200 mph — struck the central Philippines, leaving as many as 1,200 people dead.

Officials from Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services and Lutheran World Relief said staff were ready to provide for the immediate needs of the thousands of people affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Haiyan, with more powerful wind speeds than Hurricane Katrina, destroyed an airport, cut power and phone lines, and flattened crops. The official death toll is 138, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, but CNN cited...