Prayer vigil tonight for typhoon victims

A prayer vigil is scheduled tonight to honor Typhoon Haiyan victims and provide information for people wanting to assist with relief efforts.

The one-hour prayer vigil, scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Historic County Building in Lihue, comes nearly a week after Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, made landfall in the island nation with a force equivalent to a Category 4 or 5 hurricane.

“This event will provide the public an opportunity to come together as a community to have a moment of silence in observance and respect for the tragedy of the victims from Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) which hit the Philippines one week ago,” according to a joint press release sent Thursday from The Kauai Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Kauai Filipino Community Council and Visayan Club of Kauai.

Additional information about relief assistance, monetary donations and the entry of humanitarian workers, medical workers and search and rescue teams will also be discussed at the event. Upcoming fundraising and other efforts on Kauai will be announced at that time.

According to the Republic of the Philippines National Disaster Reduction and Management Council, 2,360 people have been confirmed dead as of 6 a.m. Friday (noon Thursday in Hawaii). Another 3,853 people were injured and 77 more were listed as missing. Of the more than 9 million people in 44 provinces affected by the disaster, an estimated 1.5 million were displaced and served  inside and outside evacuation centers.

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