About 10,000 people are dead in the Philippines. Hundreds of thousand do not have access to clean water or food in the wake of a catastrophic typhoon.
Richard Paat, M.D., has a medical practice in Maumee. He has family in Manilla, which was spared from major damage. He says the central part of the Philippines took the worst of the storm.
"You're talking about the poorest of the poor, getting hit by something that was just devastating," says Dr. Paat.
Dr. Paat is part of a medical team that is heading to the islands this week.
He says," We have a surgeon, a pediatrician, myself. We have other ancillary position, and will be meeting up with 11 other medical professionals."
He says his team is well-versed in disaster relief. They traveled to Honduras, after hurricane Mitch, Indonesia after the tsunami, and to Biloxi, Mississippi after hurricane Katrina.
His experience has him prepared for what he will face.
"This is the worst that's ever hit ground... ever," Dr. Paat says.
ISOH/IMPACT, a non-profit out of Waterville, has worked with Dr. Paat on past efforts.
"I thought we might as well get back together, cause we've been working together for 30 years," says ISOH/IMPACT director Linda Greene.
Volunteers pack countless buckets of food, called "bucket bregade."
Greene emphasizes small packets of food meant for children. When water is added, each small packet contains enough for eight meals.
The organization will also ship medical supplies. The first load will be sent out on Thursday with Dr. Paat's team. The extensive donations are thanks, in large part, to donations from our local community.
"This community is the best. They responded within 24-hours, and they're responding right now to help us," says Greene.
ISOH/IMPACT will deliver upwards of 100,000-tons of food and supplies in the coming weeks.
Dr. Paat's team will be heading to a town called Polo, in central Philippines. The mayor tells Paat the only thing still fully intact is a church. Paat's team will go in, assuming their is nothing, except what they bring.
He says his team will be equipped with all the necessary supplies, so that they will be a completely self-sustainable unit, and will be in that area for at least a week.
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