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Candlelight vigil held for typhoon victims

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A group was trying to raise funds and show support for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines earlier this month.

The network of Asian-American organizations held a candlelight vigil at City Hall Tuesday evening.

Organizers say there are as many as 4,000 people here in Austin with origins in the Philippines, and many still have family there.

The group wants more people to know just how much damage left by this typhoon.

"There are about six islands that have been wiped out. If you look at the pictures, it's devastating to see the damage. It's a cataclysm almost," Typhoon Haiyan Vigil Summit Dasgupta President Sumit Dasgupta said.

The group has a big fundraising goal. They want to raise $200,000 to go to the Red Cross's efforts in the Philippines. So far, they've raised about $25,000.

The Network of Asian American Organizations has a special bank account set up at Wells Fargo banks. You can donate with a check to "NAAO Philippines Relief Fund" at any Wells Fargo bank location. The money will go directly to the Red Cross.

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