Countries offer aid for typhoon-ravaged Philippines, China suffers from storm
Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 01:42
Nov. 11 - Japan sends a relief team to Philippines and South Korea makes plans to despatch aid, as China feels the effects of a weakened typhoon Haiyan. Sarah Toms reports.
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International agencies rush in supplies and personnel to the central Philippines after a powerful typhoon killed an estimated 10,000 people.
Japan sends a 25-strong emergency medical relief team, that it hopes will be working in the field by Tuesday.
Tokyo says troops could be next.
(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY, YOSHIHIDE SUGA, SAYING:
"We will look at the severity of the situation on the ground, but we are also considering rapidly deploying the Self Defence Forces to deliver our medical assistance should the Philippines make such a request."
And here South Korea's foreign ministry holds an emergency meeting to discuss its own aid response.
Relief supplies cannot come soon enough.
Friday's super typhoon displaced more than 600,000 people, many of them have lost everything and are now struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean drinking water.
The Armed Forces in the central Philippines has reported the deaths of 942 of its personnel.
It comes as desperation threatens to overwhelm military and rescue resources.
Haiyan has now made landfall in north Vietnam, near the Chinese border, but has weakened to a tropical storm.
Still southern China feels the force of the heavy rains and powerful winds.
The streets are flooded and trees have been felled in Guangxi province.
Schools have been shut and fishing boats have returned to their ports.
Any typhoon Haiyan has not yet finished...the storm's also expected to be felt in Hainan and Guangdon.
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