Operation Blessing Saving Lives in the Philippines

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BAGANGA, DAVAO ORIENTAL, Philippines -- Nearly 900 people are still missing after the devastating typhoon that swept through the Philippines. CBN's Operation Blessing is there on the ground, working to bring aid to victims of the storm.

Roads blocked by mudslides and bridges destroyed by flooding are making it extremely difficult for disaster relief teams to reach victims of Typhoon Bopha.

Instead of two hours, it now takes 8 to10 hours to get to the towns on the other side of one bridge. That's why Operation Blessing is using small boats to bring much needed relief to 28,000 households isolated by the devastating storm.

The people's sense of helplessness was palpable as they surveyed the damage Bopha did to their community.

The storm devastated coconut and banana plantations, schools, churches and even hospitals.

Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon despaired over the plight of the typhoon victims and the shortage of medical assistance for the injured and those suffering from fever and diarrhea.

When Arnelia Singoc heard that Operation Blessing was in her village, she immediately brought her niece, Hannah, for a medical examination, Gordon explained.

Hannah was suffering from dizziness due to dehydration, but even worse, she was traumatized by losing her father in the typhoon.

"She is very much affected by the death of her father. He was struck by a coconut tree during the storm. And our house was swept away by the winds. We now live in a makeshift tent along the road. All this is very traumatic for her," Singoc explained.

An Operation Blessing doctor gave Hannah oral rehydration solution to replace lost fluids and an Operation Blessing church volunteer prayed for healing for her body and emotional condition.

"You are really God sent. Only a few organizations come to us. Thank you very much for coming to our village to help us," Singoc said.

Singoc was also surprised that Operation Blessing found their tent and was grateful for the mat and blanket so important in helping Hannah recover.

Many more victims need medical care in these isolated towns, and the aid group will be conducting additional medical missions in these areas in the coming weeks.

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