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AmeriCares sending medical supplies to typhoon-affected areas in Philippines

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The destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. (Photo courtesy of Americares website) The destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. (Photo courtesy of Americares website)
STAMFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A shipment of medical supplies from AmeriCares is expected to land in Philippines on Thursday to help the victims of one of the worst typhoons ever recorded.

This shipment, which will include antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers, is one of four from the Connecticut organization headed to Philippines in the near future.

"There are widespread shortages of medicines - the hospitals still standing have nothing left on the shelves," said AmeriCares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Ingoglia in a statement Tuesday. "The floods destroyed most of their supplies just as demand is spiking with injured survivors seeking help. And with the water supply compromised in many areas there is an increased risk of waterborne diseases."

Officials with AmeriCares said that the organization has been helping the Philippines since 1985 and has delivered more than $229 million in humanitarian aid to the country to date.

Typhoon Haiyan claimed the lives of between 2,000 to 2,500 and more than 2 million people are in need food/supplies, according to reports from CNN.

To donate to AmeriCares Philippines Disaster Relief Fund, click here of by calling 1-800-486-HELP.

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