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Philippine typhoon death toll jumps; U.S. helicopters boost aid effort

TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NO ACCESS PHILIPPINES*~ A huge international relief operation swings into action. U.S. military planes and other naval ships send food, water and medical teams to the worst hit areas of the Philippines ravaged by a super typhoon. The United States says its support is on an unprecedented scale with other US vessels to arrive in about a week. Aircraft carrier the USS George Washington and two cruisers arrived on Thursday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. EMBASSY IN MANILA CHARGE D'AFFAIRES, BRIAN GOLDBECK, SAYING: "I think the key point here is that, a large volume of assistance was pushed through to Tacloban. Now what's happening, is that the MV-22s, the Ospreys, together with the helicopters from George Washington carrier strike group, together with the Philippines' own helicopters. All of those assets are now moving resources from Tacloban to multiple point, I think 16 or 18 different drop points, yesterday and today. So if you t

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