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LDS Church Works Urgently to Contact Missing Missionaries, Provide Aid in Philippines

LDS Church leaders reported new success Monday establishing contact with missionaries cut off from communication by the deadly and destructive super typhoon that ravaged the Philippines on Friday night.

All but 24 missionaries had been contacted as of 10:45 a.m. MST. All of those missionaries are from the Philippines Tacloban Mission. Tacloban was particularly hard hit by Typhoon Haiyan — the British paper The Guardian described the capital of the Leyte province as "obliterated" while Euronews said it had been "flattened" — and communication is sparse. Only a small percentage of cell sites or towers are working.

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