Eden native in Philippines sets out to provide aid to victims

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(CNN)

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — An Eden native, who has lived in the Philippines for the past two years, embarked on a boat trip early Friday to offer assistance to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

According to the News & Record, Joey Zanetti is headed to Guiuan, a coastal town of about 40,000 people.

Guiuan is where the storm first made landfall. It had sustained winds of 147 mph and a 20-foot storm surge. Aerial photos show many flattened buildings and debris-covered roads.

According to CNN, the national disaster agency raised the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan to 3,621.

Zanetti, along with three teachers, are bringing food, supplies and medicine to the typhoon victims.

There are many reports that getting to certain areas of Guiuan is difficult, which is preventing people from getting proper aid.

Zanetti has been soliciting donations on his Facebook page and he has a PayPal account.

Read more: News & Record