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Vigil honors victims of devastating typhoon

Portland’s Mercy Corps will host a candlelight vigil Thursday afternoon in downtown Portland to honor victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The vigil begins at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 14, at the Skidmore Fountain Plaza, Southwest First Avenue and Ankeny Street. At 6 p.m., Mercy Corps will host a community briefing on the typhoon’s devastation and the organization’s response. It will be in the Mercy Corps Action Center, 28 S.W. First Ave., across the street from the plaza.

The brief candlelight ceremony will include remarks by members of the Filipino community, Mercy Corps and city officials. The public is asked to bring candles (the group will have a limited number available).

On Nov. 10, two days after Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) battered the Philippines, government officials and relief workers began reaching the hardest-hit islands to assess the damage. Mercy Corps has mobilized a team to provide aid to people who survived the devastation.

Tacloban City, the capital of Leyte island, has been heavily damaged, with roads to the city damaged or washed away.

The death toll keeps rising, with some officials saying it could go as high as 10,000 people. About 670,000 people were displaced, with 200,000 still outside evacuation centers. A total of 11.3 million people have been affected across nine provinces.