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2/17/06-Washington, D.C.

Pentagon Responds To Philippine Landslide Relief Request

At least two U-S warships and other forces are on the way to the scene of a deadly landslide in the eastern Philippines.

The Pentagon says the U-S-S Essex and the U-S-S Harper's Ferry are responding to a request for assistance from the Philippine government. Officials say the ships will provide medical assistance and other relief and help with search and rescue operations.

Army and Marine ground forces who happened to be in the region for joint military exercises are also available to help. Those on maneuvers nearby include six-thousand troops from the Guam National Guard, the Third Marine Expeditionary Force and the U-S Army Pacific.

The White House says the U-S is also sending money that's been requested by the Philippine government.

As many as 15-hundred people are missing in the landslide that wiped out an entire village on the island of Leyte (LAY'-tay). The head of the Philippine Red Cross says initial estimates suggest at least 200 people are dead.

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