Food, Aid Arrives for S. Philippine Flood Victims

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Four weeks of flash flooding brought on by torrential rains have killed dozens of people in the Philippines. Operation Blessing International is trying to help the survivors reclaim their lives.

At least 25 people have died in the floods, officials said, and millions of families are affected.

Rice fields have also been destroyed.

Officials say most of those killed were children. At least 15 other people are still missing.

Operation Blessing is distributing mats and blankets to families living in shelters. Volunteers are also conducting medical clinics and feeding programs for children. The director of Operation Blessing Philippines says the organization hopes to feed as many as 5,000 children.

This week, high water rose up to 10 feet in the southern city of Davao, sweeping away dozens of homes. Cars, homes and trees were covered by water as desperate relatives tried to find their loved ones.

Many Filipinos were taken by surprise by the heavy floods. Davao is reportedly in a "typhoon-free zone" where disasters like this are limited.

Some 1,500 families are now living in emergency shelters around the city.

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