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Man Uses Secret Life of Walter Mitty Promo Budget for Typhoon Haiyan Recovery

Originally posted 12/17/2013 12:30PM

For the upcoming Ben Stiller film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, film studio 20th Century Fox was seeking a promotional campaign whose theme was to "motivate, inspire and give people a catalyst to do something they've never done." The studio reached out to filmmaker Casey Neistat – who found a way to do just that by also helping those in need.

Neistat took the film's $25,000 promotional video budget and travelled to the Philippines, where he and a friend purchased food and supplies and rented out two buses in the city of Cebu to transport to areas ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan. After a six-hour drive, the pair arrived in Tacloban and spent most of the night filling bags with supplies to distribute.

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VIDEO: Mother and Son Reunited After Typhoon Haiyan

UpdatePosted 11/17/2013 09:00AM

Philippine Typhoon Haiyan: Mother and Son Reunited in Wake of Devastation

Originally posted 11/16/2013 01:00PM


Adel Siguan traveled 22 hours by boat to reach her 8-year-old son and bring him much-needed drinking water after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed their small fishing town in Guiuan, Philippines.

Just before reuniting with her child, Siguan expressed the desperation she had felt for the last day.

"Of course I can't sleep, I can't eat. I can't eat, I can't really," she said. "I don't know what to do. Because I'm eager to know what's happening to him."

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Relief Efforts Ramp Up for Philippines Typhoon Victims

Philippines Typhoon Victims: How to Help and Where to Donate

Originally posted 11/13/2013 04:30PM

In the horrific aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, at least 2,000 are dead and 600,000 more left homeless as Philippine survivors begin to grasp the full and devastating impact of one of the worst storms on record.

Amid stories of both horror and hope, relief efforts are now under way, with organizations from around the world stepping up to help the island nation in its efforts to care for survivors and rebuild.

Here is a list of organizations that have pledged to help victims and survivors of Typhoon Haiyan – and which are accepting donations to aid in their efforts.

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Filipino Survivors Recount Horrors of Deadly Typhoon Haiyan

Filipino Survivors Recount Horrors of Deadly Typhoon Haiyan

Originally posted 11/12/2013 01:15PM

It's a scene of nightmarish devastation in the Philippines just days after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Pacific island nation, leaving 2,000 or more dead in its wake (according to the most recent estimate) and terrified survivors unsure of what to do next.

A young woman in the hardest-hit city of Tacloban sobbed as she recounted her experience during the storm, which included clinging to a roof rafter while holding her 11-month-old son on her head.

"All I hear [is] many cry, many people crying," she emotionally told CNN while her baby played contentedly on her lap. "Many people say, 'Help, help.' "

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More Than 10,000 Now Feared Dead in Philippines After Historic Storm

Philippines Typhoon: More Than 10,000 Now Feared Dead

Originally posted 11/10/2013 10:40AM

As many as 10,000 people are believed dead in one Philippine city alone after one of the worst storms ever recorded unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves that washed away homes and schools. Corpses hung from tree branches and were scattered along sidewalks and among flattened buildings, while looters raided grocery stores and gas stations in search of food, fuel and water.

Officials projected the death toll could climb even higher when emergency crews reach areas cut off by flooding and landslides. Even in the disaster-prone Philippines, which regularly contends with earthquakes, volcanoes and tropical cyclones, Typhoon Haiyan appears to be the deadliest natural disaster on record.

Haiyan hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippine archipelago on Friday and quickly barreled across its central islands before exiting into the South China Sea, packing winds of 147 miles per hour that gusted to 170 mph, and a storm surge that caused sea waters to rise 20 feet.

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Philippines Typhoon: Celebs React on Twitter to Massive Devastation

Philippines Typhoon: Celebs React on Twitter to Massive Devastation

Originally posted 11/09/2013 01:30PM

A day after one of the strongest typhoons on record devastated the Philippines, celebrities are reaching out on social media to express their sorrow – and to urge others to help.

Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Pacific island country Friday and ravaged the city of Tacloban, where bodies were reportedly scattered on the streets after punishing waves and high winds ripped apart buildings and tore children from their parents' arms.

At least 138 people are confirmed dead, but officials have put the death toll at no fewer than 1,000, reports CNN.

Celebrities – including Alyssa Milano and Kevin Bacon, as well as those with ties to the Philippines, like American Idol's Jessica Sanchez – are using their social-media pull to urge people to donate, and to send their best wishes to the Filipino people. Here's a sampling of what they're saying.

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Death Toll Expected to Exceed 1,000 in Devastating Philippines Typhoon

Philippines Typhoon: Death Toll Rises as Thousands Feared Dead

Originally posted 11/09/2013 11:40AM

The central Philippine city of Tacloban was in ruins Saturday, a day after being ravaged by one of the strongest typhoons on record, as horrified residents spoke of storm surges as high as trees and authorities said they were expecting a "very high number of fatalities."

At least 138 people were confirmed dead in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. But Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwen Pang said that agency field staff in the region estimated the toll was about 1,000. Pang, however, emphasized that it was "just an estimate."

The typhoon slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, wiping away buildings and leveling seaside homes. At least 118 of the confirmed deaths were on hardest-hit Leyte Island, where Tacloban is located, said national disaster agency spokesman Maj. Reynaldo Balido.

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