Malden man joins effort in Philippines

A Malden man hoping to help provide relief following the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan arrived in Manila on Sunday night, the Red Cross of Massachusetts said.

Luis Matnog, a native of the Philippines, is one of four Red Cross workers sent to assess the damage and offer assistance. He was sent with just a tent for shelter, the Red Cross said.

Heavy winds and surging waters tore through the islands Friday. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said ‘‘we pray’’ that the death toll is less than 10,000, the Associated Press reported.


One of Matnog’s jobs will be to assess and help repair damaged buildings. “We are not sure if he will be able to save anything,” Kat Powers, communication director for the Red Cross, said Monday.

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Matnog checked in with the Red Cross after he landed, but has not since given any updates, Powers said.

Donations can be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, at, or by sending a check to local chapters with “typhoon relief” written on the memo line. The Red Cross is also offering services for people looking to find missing loved ones. To learn how to use that service call International Services director Lynn Levine at 617-274-5233.

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