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Typhoon relief organized for Philippines

October 3, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Another typhoon slammed into the Philippines Saturday killing four people just eight days after a deadly storm claimed nearly 300 lives and caused widespread flooding. A disaster relief effort is underway in Silver Lake as people scramble to get items sent out to the Philippines.

Food, blankets, clothes and medicine have been donated over the past week.

On Saturday at least four more people were killed when Typhoon Parma cut across the Northern edge of the Philippines. The storm missed the capital of Manila which is recovering from a storm that hit a week ago.

In the last week 300 people have been killed and thousands of others were displaced by the flooding. It has been the worst storm to hit the Philippines in four decades.

For the past week local organizations have been holding donation drives.

The drive in Silver Lake was put together by Operation Metro-Manila and the Search to Involve Filipino Americans.

Organizers say every minute they wait to send these items out to the Philippines more and more people will fall victim to all the flooding.

"We have been told that the critical needed items are blankets, dry clothes, water purification tablets because there is a breakout of E. coli," said relief organizer Joel Jacinto.

Organizers say the biggest challenge right now is making sure all of the donated items get into the hands of those that actually need it the most.

If you would like to donate to help the people in the Philippines you can bring clothing, food, medicine and other donations to Eagle Rock Plaza, from Monday to Friday at 6 p.m. in front of Seafood City.

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