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US announces help for typhoon-ravaged Philippines

 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Pentagon announced that it was providing the Philippines with naval and aviation resources in the wake of the country's devastating typhoon.

A statement on Saturday said that US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel would made helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and surface maritime search and rescue equipment available after a request from the Philippines government.

"Secretary Hagel has directed US Pacific Command to support US government humanitarian relief operations in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan," it said.

"The initial focus includes surface maritime search and rescue, medium-heavy helicopter lift support, airborne maritime search and rescue, fixed wing lift support and logistics enablers," the statement added.

A welcome sign is seen at the entrance of battered Tacloban city, after super Typhoon Haiyan hit central Philippines on Nov 9, 2013. The Pentagon announced on Sunday that it was providing the Philippines with naval and aviation resources in the wake of the country's devastating typhoon.-- PHOTO: REUTERS

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