Oct 10, 2009 8:53 AM by Associated Press
Rescuers have dug out six survivors and more bodies buried under landslides that killed nearly 200
people in the storm-soaked northern Philippines. Meanwhile, workers are rushing to clear mountain roads to aid relief efforts.
The U.S. military is also there to help. A Marine spokesman says helicopters are standing by to help
deliver aid to areas cut off by flooded highways. He says Marine choppers have already flown over the flood-ravaged region to assess the damage and find locations for a medical mission and food distribution. According to the spokesman, more than 200 Marines and sailors on the USS Harpers Ferry and USS Tortuga are prepared to deploy for rescue and relief operations.
U.S. troops have already trucked tons of food from the U.N. World Food Program from Manila to a Philippine military camp to one hard-hit province for distribution by American troops tomorrow. Heavy equipment also will be brought in to help clear the roads littered with debris.