Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Service Members Provide Assistance During Manila Flooding

U.S. service members assisted Philippines officials in the capital Manila with rescue efforts in the wake of torrential downpours Sept. 26 that dumped more than a month of normal rainfaill on parts of the country in a single day. Massive flooding resulted from the rain brought by Tropical Storm Ketsana.

Over a two-day period beginning Sept. 27, service members, assigned to the Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines (JSOTF-P), conducted multiple rescue operations of trapped/injured people, transported and distributed food and medical supplies, provided medical treatment of injured persons, moved food and water to disaster relief centers, and evacuated trapped individuals to safety.

As reported in a Philippine Star news story, the JSOTF-P effort was directly in support of local authorities, including the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC). A JSOTF-P news story provides more details on the assistance.

JSOTF-P is comprised of 500-600 personnel from all four military services temporarily deployed to the Philippines at the request of the Philippine Government.

U.S. Pacific Command has a history of assisting with humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations throughout the Asia-Pacific region, coordinating with host-nations, other nations and non-governmental agencies in support of U.S. Government and international efforts.

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