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First U.S. relief flight heads to the Philippines

First U.S. relief flight heads to the Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (AP) -- A U.S. military plane carrying relief supplies and a contingent of marines has left the Philippine capital en route to the country's typhoon-devastated eastern seaboard.

The C-130 left Manila's Vilamor Air Base on today loaded with bottled water, generators wrapped in plastic, a forklift and two trucks.

It was the first American relief flight to the region, where thousands are feared dead and tens of thousands more homeless as a result of Friday's typhoon.

The flight was headed for Tacloban, a city badly hit by the storm and in desperate need of assistance.

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TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES (AP) -- The Philippine military said it has confirmed 942 people have died in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan.

Military spokesman Lt. Jim Alagao said that 275 others were confirmed missing from the storm, one of the strongest on record.

The death toll is expected to rise considerably. Two provincial officials predicted Sunday that it could reach 10,000 or more.

 

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