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The United States and Britain are bolstering their military assets to urgently help millions of hungry and homeless Filipinos — socked, soaked and dazed more than a week after Super Typhoon Haiyan clobbered the midsection of the Philippines.
“Right now, the U.S. military capability is continuing to grow,” U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy told CNN on Sunday. “We need to get life-sustaining aid immediately out to the stricken population. Food, water, shelter, medicine — those are the basics.”
Kennedy said numerous aircraft — such a dozen C-130 cargo airplanes, more than a dozen MV-22 Ospreys and several dozen UH-60 helicopters — are being deployed.
About 9,000 U.S. troops are supporting the operation in the Philippines, a U.S. military official said. U.S. military assets have delivered approximately 623,000 pounds of relief supplies.
The British ship HMS Daring arrived in Cebu on Sunday to provide medical assistance, emergency supplies and clean water to stranded victims, the UK government said.
“HMS Daring’s arrival is a major boost to DFID’s disaster experts and medical teams already deployed in the Philippines,” Britain’s International Development Secretary Justine Greening said. referring to the Department for International Development.