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U.S. Balikatan Soldiers Rush to Leyte for Search and Rescue Operations

The U.S. has authorized the Philippine Red Cross to use approximately $50,000 of emergency relief funds already granted to the Red Cross from an earlier disaster. In addition, the Philippine National Red Cross plans to distribute on the morning of February 18 protective masks for rescue workers, plastic sheeting, and body bags donated by the U.S. Government in response to previous disasters.

Click on images for larger versions and captions.  (Photos courtesy of U.S. Embassy, Manila)

A U.S. soldier joins Philippine military colleagues, government rescue workers, and civilian volunteers in forming a search and rescue line to clear rocks and debris from the area affected by the February 17 mudslide in Southern Leyte.  The U.S. Government has diverted U.S. Military personnel and supplies from the annual Balikatan joint military exercises to the Leyte area in order to assist with disaster relief operations for mudslide victims.  The U.S. Government is also supplying emergency funds and supplies such as blankets, water, and body bags through the U.S. Agency for International Development. A U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant speaks with children from the village of Guinsaugon in Leyte.  Members of the U.S. 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, based in Okinawa, Japan, came to Leyte on the USS Harpers Ferry and the USS Essex in order to bring humanitarian relief supplies to landslide victims.  The U.S. Government is also supplying emergency funds and supplies such as blankets, water, and body bags through the U.S. Agency for International Development. Republic of Philippines army soldiers and U.S. Military personnel offload food, blankets, water and other vital supplies from a U.S. Marine CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter in Saint Bernard.  This helicopter is embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex, which has sailed to Leyte to provide humanitarian assistance for landslide victims.  The U.S. Government is also supplying emergency funds and supplies such as blankets, water, and body bags through the U.S. Agency for International Development. U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Paul Jones (second from right) toured the site of the February 17 mudslide in St. Bernard, Leyte with Senator Dick Gordon, head of the Philippines Red Cross (center); Lt. Gen. Samuel Bagasin (far left) army chief from the 4th Infantry Division, Armed Forces Philippines; and U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Mastin Robeson from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Okinawa, Japan.  The U.S. Government has diverted U.S. Military personnel and supplies from the annual Balikatan joint military exercises to the Leyte area in order to assist with disaster relief operations for mudslide victims.


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