Typhoon Haiyan roared through the central islands of the Philippines, causing mass devastation and wiping out entire cities and towns.
In the wake of the islands’ strongest typhoon on record, some officials estimate that 10,000 or more people have been killed by the storm, washed away by the churning waters that poured in from the Pacific or buried under mountains of trash and rubble.
The country now faces a daunting relief effort for food, water and medicine. The Obama Administration, the United Nations and countless countries have pledged air to the devastated county.
Several Latino celebrities took to social media to offer condolences, asking their thousands of followers for donations and prayer:
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) November 9, 2013
Sending good thoughts and love to everyone in The Philippines and Vietnam.— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) November 10, 2013
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) November 8, 2013
— Pitbull (@Pitbull) November 10, 2013
Heartbroken for my friends in the Philippines. Mahal na mahal kita. Here's ways to help, Twitterico. http://t.co/LBhq8AQM7s— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 10, 2013
Prayers for our friends in the Philippines and all the areas being affected by Typhoon Haiyan. (Team Archie)— David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) November 8, 2013
Praying for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, in the Philippines who will need a lot of help...Rezando por víctimas que necesitarán mucha ayuda...— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) November 10, 2013
I am praying for the Philippines and all my Filipino Blujays this morning in the wake of this horrendous storm! Be safe and stay strong!— Jessica Sanchez (@JessicaESanchez) November 8, 2013
The Associated Press contributed to this report.