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NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA To Send Aid To The Philippines After Typhoon Ketsana Devastates Manila

By • Sep 28th, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OPERATION USA TO SEND EMERGENCY AID FOR TYPHOON VICTIMS IN THE PHILIPPINES

WORST FLOODING IN MANILA IN DECADES DESTROYS 80% OF LOCAL HEALTH CARE INFRASTRUCTURE

Hundreds of Thousands Directly Affected

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 28, 2009)—Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced that it was preparing relief supplies to assist local health care agencies and NGOs in and around Manila as they try to assist nearly 450,000 people in immediate need of assistance as a direct result of flooding caused by torrential rains (totaling 18 inches—410 mm in just 24 hours) caused by Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as “Typhoon Ondoy”.

The relief group is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies and food supplements which it then ships to Manila from its base in the Port of Los Angeles.

HOW TO HELP:

Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1.800.678.7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.

About Operation USA

Operation USA is an international relief agency that helps communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. Since 1979, the Los Angeles-based Operation USA has worked in 99 countries, delivering over $350 million for relief and development projects.

Operation USA began working in The Philippines in 1985 providing disaster relief after a wide variety of natural disasters struck various parts of The Philippines.

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Media Contact:

Alison Deknatel, Director of Communications, Operation USA

310.838.3455 or adeknatel@www.opusa.org

Richard Walden, President and CEO, Operation USA

310.838.3455 or rwalden@www.opusa.org