Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Military sends 500 caskets for 'Sendong' fatalities


MANILA, Philippines – The military will be sending 500 caskets for the fatalities of tropical storm “Sendong” in Visayas and Mindanao.
AFP public affairs office head Arnulfo Burgos said the caskets will be very useful for mass burials of the dead victims.
Burgos said there are volunteers and civic-minded individual partners of the AFP who are ready to help solve the problem of flying caskets and other logistics to the affected areas.
He said AFP chief Jesse Dellosa has ordered the Philippine Navy (PN) landing ship vessel (LSV) 551 BRP Dagupan to proceed to Mindanao on Tuesday for relief operations.
LSV 551 is departing Sangley Point on Tuesday morning with relief goods for survivors and coffins for the dead.
“The vessel will transport one battalion and can accommodate a few m-35 trucks. The trip will take two days to Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental,” Burgos said.
He also said the Philippine Air Force (PAF) F-27 Fokker Plane will also be sent for relief operations and bringing some coffins.
Burgos also said two medical teams from the AFP Medical Center (AFPMC) will also be sent over there.
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 December 19, 2011 04:38 PM

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