Granite Staters fly out to Phillipines to help after typhoon
"Our contact on the ground are saying at last count, the storm had killed four people," said Whitten. "But they also said the phones are out, and it's hard to know the extent of the damage and destruction. Unfortunately, I think that number (of dead) could go up once people can get around and survey the situation."
New Hampshire Red Cross spokesperson Lisa Michaud said Friday that Red Cross volunteers in areas where the typhoon had already made landfall were reporting significant damage although a clearer picture will only emerge once the storm subsides and communications are restored.
Although the eye of the Typhoon Haiyan is not expected to make landfall on the island of Bohol, Whitten said severe weather and heavy rains accompanying the storm are expected to worsen the situation for survivors of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck in mid-October. With their homes damaged or destroyed, some 270,000 people in Bohol are living in makeshift shelters.
"At that point, they'll assess the situation on the ground," said Whitten. "They will likely return at that point, unless it would be more beneficial if they stayed and helped."
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