Philippines Typhoon Victims Still Need More Help

The Senate Finance Committee voted 14-9 today to approve the Democratic sponsored healthcare plan. The bill, which will cost an estimated $829 billion, seeks to provide insurance to 29 million uninsured Americans. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine was the lone Republican to vote in favor of the plan, Chicago Tribune.

Israeli President Shimon Peres has warned that Hezbollah has turned Lebanon into a “powder keg.” His accusation comes after an explosion at the home of a member of Hezbollah. One person was wounded in the explosion, but the UN is investigating whether the home was being used to store weapons. In 2006, a 34-day conflict between the two countries left 1,200 Lebanese dead, mostly citizens, as well as 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers, BBC News.

The UN says they have only raised a quarter of the donations needed to aid typhoon and landslide victims in the Philippines. The group had appealed for $74 million, but have so far raised only $19 million. At least 650 people were killed last week during the storms. The UN also stated that there is a risk of disease because of the large amounts of standing water still in damaged areas, BBC News.

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    Fourth typhoon leaves 14 dead in Philippines

    A tropical storm is roaring toward Vietnam after battering the Philippine capital, Manila, and surrounding provinces, leaving 14 people dead in a region still waterlogged from three previous, back-to-back storms.

    Typhoon Mirinae slammed into Manila and nearby northern Philippine provinces over the weekend then weakened into a storm as it blew out toward the South China Sea, leaving at least 14 people dead, toppling trees and damaging more than 5,500 houses with fierce winds, officials said.

    Mirinae was the fourth storm to lash the northern Philippines since late September and brought new hardship to areas still dealing with the previous disasters. Some 87,000 people who fled during prior storms were still living in temporary shelters when Mirinae struck.

    The storm headed out over the South China Sea and was swirling 450 kilometers southwest of Manila early on Sunday but could still bring rains and thunderstorms to western Palawan province, forecasters said.

    It was expected to strike Vietnam’s central coast around noon on Monday.

    Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ordered residents to begin evacuating high-risk areas of five coastal provinces. He also ordered Vietnamese fishermen in the South China Sea to seek shelter immediately.

    Central Vietnam is still recovering from Typhoon Ketsana, which killed more than 160 people when it struck in late September after bringing the Philippine capital its worst flooding in 40 years.

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