Sunday, December 1, 2013
Philippines-U.S. Naval Forces Ended the Relief Operations in Visayas Region
The United States forces have ended their 3 week disaster response operations in the Visayas that successfully helped thousands of Pilipinos who were affected by the Super Typhoon Yolanda. The U.S. military were among the 1st international contingents to come and support the government, particularly the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in what has been coined as "Operation Damayan". The U.S. military has run airfields, provided portable water in typhoon ravaged communities delivered more than 4 million lbs of relief supplies and equipment and airlifted more than 20,000 survivors to safer place. At one point there were 13,400 American forces in the typhoon zones who came from the 2 naval task forces led by the carrier USS George Washington and the amphibious ships USS Ashland and USS Germantown. Most of the remaining US soldiers will either be in Metro Manila or aboard ships from where they will continue to support the Philippine military in recovery efforts in the typhoon hit areas. The death toll stood at 5,632 with 26,136 injured and 1,759 still missing as of Dec. 1, 2013.
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