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U.S. carrier starts Philippine storm relief as Aquino comes under pressure

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 - 01:34

Nov. 14 - U.S. aircraft carrier unloads food and water to typhoon-ravaged central Philippines as the official death toll rises to nearly 4,500. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Aid to the stricken Philippines continued to arrive on Thursday, notably from the U.S. It's sent the aircraft carrier George Washington along with other ships to distribute supplies to the hardest hit areas. The relief response to this island nation in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan is now a "full-court" international effort, said the commander of the U.S. aid effort in the Philippines General Paul Kennedy. SOUNDBITE: COMMANDER OF THE U.S. AID EFFORT IN THE PHILIPPINES GENERAL PAUL KENNEDY SAYING: "All I've seen today are folks from countless nations flying in and out of Tacloban. They're flying out of Mactan airfield in Cebu. Every flag you can imagine is represented." The George Washington has fixed-wing aircraft and some 5,000 crew members to help make and distribute much-needed drinking water. But it's the U.S. military's amphibious boats, set to arrive in the next day or two, that could make the crucial difference in getting supplies to remote regions of this archipelago. SOUNDBITE: COMMANDER OF THE U.S. AID EFFORT IN THE PHILIPPINES GENERAL PAUL KENNEDY SAYING: "What the amphibious ready group would provide are boats that can double that effort. And so we've got we've got dispalcment craft that we call them that can ferry supplies from ships into these remote areas that would be difficult to sustain with helicopters." Meanwhile, the official death toll from the devastating storm is looking less clear. It rose to nearly 4,500 on Thursday, but the city hall in badly-hit Tacloban later said the casualty figure from that city alone - was 4,000 people dead.

U.S. carrier starts Philippine storm relief as Aquino comes under pressure

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 - 01:34

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