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Leaders, celebrities send messages to the Philippines after typhoon onslaught

By Sophie Brown and Radina Gigova, CNN
updated 11:35 AM EST, Sun November 10, 2013
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  • World leaders and celebrities send message regarding Typhoon Haiyan

(CNN) -- Super Typhoon Haiyan roared into the central islands of the Philippines last week, wiping out entire neighborhoods, ripping children off their parents' arms and leaving a trail of devastation.

Leaders and celebrities have sent messages of condolences to the ravaged nation.

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John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State

"On behalf of the people of the United States, I offer our deepest condolences and solidarity as you wrestle with the devastation and loss of life that accompanied Super Typhoon Haiyan. The United States stands ready to help, our embassies in the Philippines and Palau are in close contact with your governments, and our most heartfelt prayers are with you."

Pope Francis

"I ask all of you to join me in prayer for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda especially those in the beloved islands of the Philippines," the pope tweeted.

Russia's emergencies' office

The nation's emergency chief said his ministry will send a rescue team and a mobile hospital to the Philippines to provide, along with transport vehicles and a loading crew, Itar-Tass reported.

Valerie Amos, United Nations humanitarian chief

"I am extremely saddened by the reports of loss of life and terrible scenes of devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines. The United Nations remains on standby to mobilize any support that the people of the Philippines require from the international community."

Rihanna, singer

"Navy, please keep the people of The Philippines in your prayers! I was just there and this truly breaks my heart," she tweeted.

Kevin Bacon, actor

"Please help: join me to support Typhoon #Haiyan relief," he tweeted, providing a link.

Jessica Sanchez, singer

"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!," she tweeted.

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