More than 1,000 US troops to arrive in typhoon-hit Philippines to assist relief effort

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Associated Press

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 7:30 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Obama administration officials say they are cautiously optimistic that logistical bottlenecks are easing in the Philippines, where large quantities of aid for typhoon survivors have been held up.

Officials say an overland route to the hard-hit city of Tacloban (tahk-LOH'-bahn) has opened up, which should accelerate the distribution of relief supplies. So far, U.S. forces have evacuated about 800 Filipinos from Tacloban.

U.S. officials say the number of American troops helping the relief effort in the typhoon-hit Philippines could triple to more than 1,000 by the end of the week.

President Barack Obama is urging American citizens, too, to contribute, directing them to a White House website with links to groups providing aid. He notes that some of the areas hit by the storm are the same places where U.S. and Philippine forces worked together to liberate the islands during World War II.

Thousands were killed and about 600,000 people displaced by last week's powerful storm, and many remain hungry, thirsty and sick. The Southeast Asian nation is a U.S. treaty ally, and Washington is providing $20 million in immediate aid and ships and aircraft to help distribute supplies.

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265-a-17-(Chris Romero, Northern California program manager, Stop Hunger Now, in AP interview)-"to ten days"-Chris Romero, with the group Stop Hunger Now, says pre-packaged meals of dehydrated foods are being sent from California to the hardest-hit villages. ((note length of cut)) (13 Nov 2013)

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264-a-13-(Chris Romero, Northern California program manager, Stop Hunger Now, in AP interview)-"next two weeks"-Chris Romero, with the group Stop Hunger Now, says it's important to tend to the physical needs of the typhoon victims as quickly as possible. (13 Nov 2013)

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263-a-11-(Sound of forklift gathering boxes of dehydrated meals, at Stop Hunger Now warehouse)--Sound of forklift gathering boxes of dehydrated meals, at Stop Hunger Now warehouse. (13 Nov 2013)

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266-a-14-(Chris Romero, Northern California program manager, Stop Hunger Now, in AP interview)-"it the most"-Chris Romero, with the group Stop Hunger Now, says they are making arrangements in the Philippines for the donated, pre-packaged food supplies to be unloaded at the port. (13 Nov 2013)

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261-c-19-(Jackie Quinn, AP correspondent)-"and naval support"-AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports U.S. officials say the overland route to the city of Tacloban has opened up, which should accelerate the distribution of relief supplies. ((Tacloban is pronounced tahk-LOH'-bahn)) (13 Nov 2013)

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260-w-37-(Jackie Quinn, AP correspondent, with Marines Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Lee, executive officer HMM 262 and nat sound)--Over a thousand U.S. troops will be participating in the typhoon relief effort in the Philippines by week's end. AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports. ((opens with sound)) (13 Nov 2013)

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262-c-19-(Jackie Quinn, AP correspondent)-"to coastal victims"-AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports U.S. troops, planes, helicopters and ships are being dedicated to the Philippines relief effort. (13 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO NY133: In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, photo provided by the Navy Media Content Service (NMCS), U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Xavier L. Cannon and members of the Philippine Armed Forces help civilians displaced by Typhoon Haiyan disembark a C-130 aircraft at Villamor Air Base, Philippines. U.S. service members are assisting the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the recovery efforts for the people affected in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. (AP Photo/NMCS, Lance Cpl. Anne K. Henry) (12 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO NY129: In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, photo provided by the Navy Media Content Service (NMCS), civilians displaced by Typhoon Haiyan board a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules at Tacloban Air Base before being transported to Manila, Philippines. U.S. service members are assisting the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the recovery efforts for the people affected in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. (AP Photo/NMCS, Lance Cpl. Anne K. Henry) (12 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO XWM105: A U.S. soldier helps with the unloading of relief goods at the airport Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 in Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday leaving a wide swath of destruction. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) (13 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO NY143: Lt. Wayne Simonds, medical administration officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, inventories available medical supplies Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in the medical supply storage room. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group is en route to the Republic of the Philippines to support humanitarian assistance efforts in response to Typhoon Haiyan. (AP Photo/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Liam Kennedy) (13 Nov 2013)

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