Ketsana Downgraded to Tropical Depression

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Typhoon Ketsana has been downgraded to a tropical depression after having killed close to 300 people in the Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Now survivors face the enormous task of cleaning up. 

In the Philippines, nearly 2 million are homeless and overwhelmed officials have called for international help.

CBN's Operation Blessing International is doing what it can to help with relief efforts.

CBN News' Lucille Talusan reports the floods have created food and water shortages, adding that evacuation centers are cramped and the government is overwhelmed.

"The government cannot handle the disaster relief operations to all the cities," she said. "We fed 7,000 people on Sunday. A lot of people here have no food."

Since the floodwaters began receding Sunday, the relief organization has managed to supply food to 40,000 people.

Operation Blessing doctors are currently going house to house in devastated neighborhoods.

Janet Asuelo and her baby spent hours trapped on their rooftop.

"My baby has fever, because he got soaked in the rain," she explained. "When we climbed up the roof to save ourselves from the rising water."

Operation Blessing provided medical care for Asuelo and her baby. For many others, the relief organization is providing food and clothes along with encouragement and prayer.

"We were so scared of the flood, all we could do was really pray," said flood victim Edna De Bugman. "My husband lost his motorcycle. We lost everything, even our clothes."

It's a crisis that's not over yet and could get worse. Filipinos are keeping an eye out for two more storms, which forecasters predict will hit this week and next.

Find Out How You Can Help:

Operation Blessing International

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