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U.S. sends Marines and sailors to help

Monday, Nov 11, 2013 - 01:37

Nov. 11 - U.S. marines and sailors leave for the Philippines to help with rescue efforts, as seamen in south China feel the force of Typhoon Haiyan. Sarah Toms reports.

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About 90 U.S. marines and sailors head to the central Philippines in the aftermath of a powerful typhoon. It's the first wave of military assistance that's been promised by the United States. President Barack Obama says more is to come. Japan has also pledged assistance. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY, YOSHIHIDE SUGA, SAYING: "Within today we hope to send an international aid and medical team, and are working with the Philippine government to do so. Going forward, we hope to see what is needed on the ground and what is asked from the Philippine government and do whatever we can to help." But the devastation in the Philippines is so great that rescue workers will struggle to get this aid through. Roads, airports and bridges have been destroyed or covered in wreckage since typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines on Friday. The typhoon had weakened subtantially, when it hit Vietnam. Still the effects could be felt as far away as here in Hainan province in south China. The winds pushed two anchored 200 tonne ships towards the Chinese shore of Sanya city. Twelve crew members descended a rope ladder before they were helped ashore. But here in the Philippines, people were not always as lucky. It was one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall. The estimated death toll is 10,000 but local officials expect the number to climb.

U.S. sends Marines and sailors to help

Monday, Nov 11, 2013 - 01:37

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