Foreign aid pours in for ‘Pablo’ victims

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Photo courtesy of Citizens Disaster Response Center
Photo courtesy of Citizens Disaster Response Center

MANILA (7-Dec-2012/PNA) – Cash and relief goods for victims of typhoon “Pablo” that hit the country early Tuesday poured in Friday from foreign donors.

In a statement, the Canadian Embassy in Manila said Canada is giving P10 million (250,000 Canadian dollars) to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies to address the emergency needs of some 50,000 people affected by the storm.

”Canada is deeply concerned about the devastation caused by Typhoon Bopha and its impact on the people of the Philippines,” Canadian Minister for International Cooperation Julian Fantino said.

The grant, to be provided by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), would help meet immediate and long-term needs such as drinking water, food, and other relief items.

The statement further said that a United Nations disaster and assessment team, which includes a Canadian delegate whose deployment is funded through an ongoing CIDA project, has been deployed to provide direct support with the rapid needs assessment.

The Canadian government also assured that it would continue to monitor the situation and provide further assistance if required.

Australia, on the other hand, has offered P210 million to the Philippines for relief operations.

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr, in a statement, said of the P210 million (A$ 5million), P38.5 million (A$ 900,000) would be given to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for emergency family kits, which include sleeping mats, mosquito nets and water containers, and another P43 million (A$ 1 million) would be given to the World Food Programme (WFP) for 1,000 metric tons of rice.

“Australia will also make available P4 million (A$ 100,000) through the United Nations Population Fund for hygiene and health kits for people in evacuation centers,” the statement said.

It added that the remaining P126 million (A$ 3 million) will be made available for additional recovery and relief needs.

The United Kingdom (UK) also sent its condolences to the Philippines Friday, saying that one of its ministers was preparing to visit the country next week.

“The damage and loss of life caused by Typhoon Bopha is devastating. Our thoughts are with all those affected and with the Philippines’ emergency services as they lead the recovery work,” Hugo Swire, Minister of State at the Foreign Office in London, said in a statement released by the UK embassy in Manila.

“As I prepare to visit the Philippines next week, I extend on behalf of the UK Government my sincere condolences,” Swire said.

The United States offered US $ 100,000 for disaster relief efforts to be coursed through the non-profit organization Catholic Relief Services.

Japan and the European Union (EU) also sent the Philippines their messages of support and pledges of aid. (PNA)

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