Tshwane EMS mission flies to Philippines

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Members of the Rescue SA team search for bodies in Natori, Japan, following the country's deadly earthquake and tsunami. (Felix Dlangamandla, Beeld)

Members of the Rescue SA team search for bodies in Natori, Japan, following the country's deadly earthquake and tsunami. (Felix Dlangamandla, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Tshwane emergency services will be part of a rescue team to help in the Philippines following a typhoon, spokesperson Johan Pieterse said on Thursday.

"This team will fly out tomorrow [Friday] from Waterkloof Air Force Base," he said in a statement. The team would be led by Rescue SA.

Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on Friday. At least 10,000 people have died and hundreds of thousands have been displaced.

A South African man, Johan Buxmann, who was reportedly living in the Philippines, was reunited with his wife, Manilyn, and two-year-old daughter Chantelle on Wednesday after he lost contact with them when the storm hit.

Buxmann's mother Marie told Independent Newspapers that she received a picture of her son and granddaughter on Thursday morning.

"He is now busy helping the [extended] family to restore houses," she was quoted as saying.

"Shame, he was in tears this morning. I told him I will deposit R5 000 in his account to help them, and then he told me it will fix his wife's sister's roof and help with a new house for her brother."

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