Posted : 2013-11-17 13:05
Updated : 2013-11-17 13:05

Seoul dispatches 2 helicopters to disaster-hit Manila

South Korea dispatched two military transport planes to the Philippines on Saturday on a mission to help airlift relief supplies and evacuees in the typhoon-ravaged nation, the defense ministry said.

The C-130 planes, which left an airbase, south of Seoul, around noon, will carry out relief operations in the Southeast Asian nation for 10 days until Nov. 25, the ministry said.

The dispatch came at the request of the Philippine government, and some 50 soldiers were also sent alongside, including maintenance and other support staff, the ministry said.

The planes will transport relief supplies from the resort island of Cebu to the hardest-hit city of Tacloban, and bring displaced people from Tacloban to Cebu, a ministry official said.

As of Saturday, more than 3,600 people were officially confirmed dead after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines last week. But the actual death toll is feared to be much higher, even more than 10,000, once clearer information from disaster areas is available.

South Korea has pledged US$5 million in aid, and sent relief aid on two military planes on Thursday and Friday. Those planes came back home after unloading the supplies. South Korea also dispatched a 40-man team of rescue and medical workers Friday. (Yonhap)

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