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MMDA rescue teams sent to give 'Pablo' aid

Posted at | Updated as of 12/07/12 7:44 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Two elite rescue teams of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have been sent to Mindanao to assist in the relief efforts for the victims of typhoon “Pablo”.

The teams, comprised of personnel from MMDA’s Road Emergency Group and Public Safety office, rescue staff, nurses, and medical services assistants, will help in the search, rescue, and retrieval efforts in the areas severely affected by the typhoon.

MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the teams “are capable and have been on similar operations before in Bulacan, Iligan and Cagayan De Oro” when tropical storm “Sendong” hit last year.

“Pablo” is the worst typhoon to hit the country this year, displacing nearly 200,000 people.

At least 475 people have been confirmed dead.