• YOLANDA UPDATE: 2 military planes bringing relief goods, communications gear to Eastern Visayas

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    The military dispatched on Saturday two C-130 cargo planes to Eastern Visayas, a region that bore the brunt of Super typhoon Yolanda.

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    Armed Forces public information chief Lt. Colonel Ramon Zagala said the C-130s flew to Tacloban City early Saturday to bring communications equipment, water purifiers and other relief goods for typhoon victims.

    “They carry a power generator and AFP communications equipment to help government agencies operate amid the loss of electricity and communication facilities in the area,” Zagala said in a text message.

    He said the first plane will also bring military medical teams and 12,000 pounds of relief goods, while the second carries more relief goods and a military communications van.

    Zagala said an incident command post and radio contact center was set up at the Tacloban police station, while clearing operations of the airport and other major roads were being cleared of typhoon debris.

    Military helicopters were also standing by for relief transport, rescue, and damage assessment operations, Zagala said.

    ANTHONY VARGAS

     

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