Philippine military ordered to deliver typhoon aid as toll crosses 200

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By Karen Lema and Enrico Dela Cruz MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines ordered its military on Monday to send airplanes and naval vessels to carry aid to areas devastated by a powerful typhoon that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and killed more than 200. Many central and southern regions are cut off after Typhoon Rai, the strongest to hit the archipelago this year, downed power and communication links, complicating rescue and relief efforts. “We are still assessing the damage, but it is huge,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters, citing early reports. “The first thi…

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