PORTLAND -- Workers from Portland s Mercy Corps headed to the Philippines to help with disaster relief Wednesday.

Mark Ferdig led a team of ten volunteers from around the world on a mission to aide communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

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The team intends to purchases water, generators and hygiene items from neighboring cities and countries when it arrives in the Far East.

It's a desperate situation and people are taking desperate action to take care of themselves and their families, said Ferdig. I think that's what I'm going to see on the ground.

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Mercy Corps planned a public candlelight vigil for Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. at its downtown Portland headquarters on Southwest 1st Street and Ankeny Avenue.

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