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Drone aids typhoon clean-up in the Philippines

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 01:10

Nov. 28 - Drone technology helps to clear debris and locate bodies in typhoon-struck Philippines, but critics say it could infringe upon privacy rights. Michaela Cabrera reports.

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Much of Tacloban city in the central Philippines is still littered with debris, weeks after a super typhoon. A welcome addition to the clearing effort is this unmanned aerial vehicle, known as a drone. Equipped with a small camera, it aids in search and rescue, identifying blocked roads and bodies for collection. The company who developed it, Danoffice IT, says its made of plastic similar to lego. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SALES MANAGER FOR DANOFFICE IT, LIAM DAWSON, SAYING: "When organisations first saw it here, they thought it was a bit of a toy. But when they realised all the different uses you could do like body retrieval, road clearance, you name it, I think this is a tool that will be used in every future disaster." Critics say drones violate privacy rights in countries with loose regulations. But this is just one of the many ways to help. The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan has passed more than 5,000, and 4 million people have been affected. Aid teams from around the world are pitching in with relief efforts, sending supplies and treating the sick.

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Drone aids typhoon clean-up in the Philippines

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 01:10