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Philippine Military Airlifts Supplies to Flood Victims


Philippine military aircraft are rushing relief supplies to parts of the country devastated this week by heavy rains, flooding and mudslides caused by two typhoons.

Cargo planes and helicopters delivered food, water, and medical supplies Saturday to residents on the northeastern coast of the main island of Luzon.

President Gloria Arroyo visited towns in some of the hardest hit areas, and she declared a ban on commercial logging, which has been blamed for some of the mudslides.

Authorities estimate at least 1,000 people are either dead or missing.

International aid organizations and a number of countries have pledged millions of dollars in aid, and the United Nations says it is sending a team of experts to assist with recovery efforts.

Some information for this report provided by AFP andf AP.