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Pew study of Typhoon Haiyan finds Americans burnt out on disaster relief

Humanitarian Efforts Continue Following Devastating Super Typhoon

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A woman washes amid scenes of devastation in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 13, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the U.S. is leading the international relief effort in the Philippines, but the American public seems to be already tuning it out.

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According to a new Pew study looking at the aftermath of the disaster, only about 32 percent of Americans say they are following it closely. That's much lower than the number of people who said they were engaged at this time after the tsunami in Japan or the earthquake in Haiti.

It's perhaps even more surprising because more than 30 percent of Filipinos living abroad call the U.S. home.  The Pew study's lead author, Carol Doherty, joins Take Two to explain his findings.


 


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