US troops help Philippines as storm toll rises

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The U.S. military is using trucks, helicopters and ships to get supplies to victims of back-to-back storms that have killed hundreds in the Philippines.

With roads blocked and bridges washed away, the Philippine government's resources have been stretched thin. Officials asked for help from U.S. troops in the country for an annual military exercise.

A U.S. military spokesman says troops have trucked tons of U.N. food aid from Manila to a Philippine military camp for distribution tomorrow to victims of Typhoon Parma.

The typhoon that struck a week ago has continued to dump heavy rain on the northern Philippines, triggering floods and landslides. More than 275 people have been killed.

Late last month, a tropical storm that dumped record rains on the Manila area, killing 337 people and displacing about a million.

Rescuers are still searching landslides for survivors, but only bodies have been found today.


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