UK, South Korea send generators, tents, cars to typhoon-ravaged Philippines
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 01:23
Nov. 14 - The British Red Cross, South Korea load cars, generators, tents for transport to the Philippines which is struggling in the aftermath of a typhoon that has displaced more then ten percent of its population. Deborah Gembara reports.
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Aid for the typhoon ravaged Philippines is loaded for transport in the UK.
SOUNDBITE: Logistics Officer For British Red Cross, Charlotte Mcglade saying:
"The need on the ground is huge, it is enormous, there is a huge amount of people affected by this disaster and we need to make sure that the assessment teams are able to carry out their work and make sure they get the information back to us about what is needed most urgently."
Charlotte McGlade of the British Red Cross says they're sending generators, tents and even vehicles --- which they hope will help with distributing supplies to the more then 500,000 people impacted.
Supplies are reportedly coming from all over the world.
SOUNDBITE: Charlotte McGlade of the British Red Cross saying:
"We also have centers in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur, where we have had aid leaving since the weekend. And things like tarps and hygiene kits, and stuff that is important for the people of the Philippines.
South Korean medical experts and rescue teams are also joining relief efforts, working through the night loading supplies at this military airbase in Seongnam.
Their mission is to help with rescue and medical operations --- including sterilization efforts --- a critical element in the fallout from the typhoon.
Before taking off --- there's a brief departure ceremony --- a small effort to unify the team ahead of what will be challenging days on the ground.
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