Aid Group Helps Philippine Typhoon Victims

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Back-to-back typhoons ravaged the Philippine Islands during the month of September.

Damaged roads and washed-out bridges cut off many communities from desperately needed relief aid. That is until a team from the Christian Broadcasting Network's Operation Blessing International set out to help people in the most remote inland areas of the country.

Some of the people the team helped had never visited a doctor.

The Aurora province in the Philippines could be the called the gateway to typhoons because that's where most storms make landfall.

The most recent storm washed away part of a major bridge, making it extremely difficult to bring relief to hard-hit areas.

Despite this obstacle, an OBI team drove 16 hours over rough terrain, crossing mountains and streams to bring disaster relief and medical help to typhoon victims in the town of Aurora.

CBN News Asia Correspondent Lucille Talusan was with the team when they arrived in the town.

"The medical team served more than 600 families in a school hall. There were a lot of old men and women, children, a lot of babies. And for some of them, this is the first time they've been attended to by a real doctor," Talusan said.

One man named Lopog and his family were among the first to come to the medical mission. He was grateful that his family could get medical care despite the difficult circumstances.

"The clinic is far and it always rains. We cannot cross the rivers. I thank God you came to us. I am very thankful that the doctor can check my baby. This is our first time to be visited by real doctors," he explained.

"Thank you for the medicines. Your team saved our lives," Lopog said.

Humedica, a German Christian disaster relief organization, partnered with OBI to give necessary aid to the local people.

"We have a lot of partners around the world, but working with CBN is really easy. They are well prepared and they know the needs of the people. And they have a church network with many pastors they can talk to," said David Hoffmann, a Humedica coordinator.

Operation Blessing carried out disaster relief operations and medical missions to 20 other villages in the Aurora province. They served thousands of families and demonstrated that Christian compassion cannot be hindered by long distance and impassable roads.

Find out how you can help Operation Blessing's disaster relief efforts.

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Lucille Talusan

Lucille Talusan

CBN News Asia Correspondent

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