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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan Update: Foreign governments offer money, equipment, etc. to help the victims rebuild their lives

Courtesy of BBC News

According to reports of TV5, many countries have offered financial aids and relief goods to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda:

1. Australia has pledged Aus$10 million dollars (US$9.38 million), of which Aus$4 million will go to the United Nations global appeal and Aus$3 million for Australian non-government organizations;

2. Britain has offered an emergency support package worth US$9.6 million;

3. Canada has pledged up to US$5 million to humanitarian organizations trying to help survivors in the Philippines;

4. The Red Cross of China has initially given US$100,000 as emergency humanitarian aid to support relief efforts;

5. The European Union has given three million euros (US$4 million) toward relief efforts;

6. Germany's embassy in Manila said it has an initial shipment of 23 tons of aid was being flown in and German rescue teams were already at work;

 Courtesy of BBC News

7. Japan is sending a 24-member medical team from its Japan Disaster Relief (JDR). Earlier, two personnel from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan International Cooperation Agency arrived in the Philippines on November 10 to assess the damage;

8. New Zealand, which chipped in US$124,000 earlier, has increased its humanitarian relief, bringing its total to NZ$2.15 million (US$1.78 million);

9. Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, through the Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND), has pledged US$100,000;

10. Singapore will donate 50,000 Singapore dollars (US$ 40,000) through the Singapore Red Cross to support relief efforts in the Philippines;

11. Taiwan's government has pledged immediate cash aid of US$200,000;

 Courtesy of euronews

12. Turkey is expected to send 90 tons of relief supplies; His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates said it has initiated a $10-million donation to the Philippines;

13. The United States military is sending personnel and equipment. Some 90 Marines and sailors, and two KC-130J Hercules aircraft, left Japan for the Philippines on Saturday, with equipment including tilt-rotor aircraft which can operate without runways; and

14. Vietnam is donating emergency aid worth US$100,000 and will continue to consider practical support measures within its capacity.

To give emphasis to the importance of humanitarian aid, to summarize and account for relief goods and financial support from the other countries, SunStar Manila has listed down those countries that have made offers of assistance:

1. Australia – financial aid
2. Belgium – medics, rapid response team, search and rescue personnel
3. Canada – financial aid; in-kind donations
4. China – financial aid
5. Denmark – financial aid
6. Finland – in-kind donations
7. Germany - in-kind donations, medics, rapid response team, search and rescue personnel
8. Hungary – medics, rapid response team, search and rescue personnel
9. Indonesia – in-kind donations
10. Israel – medics, rapid response team, search and rescue personnel
11. Japan – medics, rapid response team, search and rescue personnel
12. Malaysia – medics, rapid response team, search and rescue personnel, supplies
13. The Netherlands – financial aid
14. New Zealand – financial aid
15. Norway – financial aid
16. Russia – medics, rapid response team, search and rescue personnel
17. Singapore – financial aid
18. Spain – in-kind donations
19. Sweden – financial aid
20. Turkey – in-kind donations, medics, rapid response team, search and rescue personnel
21. United Arab Emirates – financial aid
22. United Kingdom – financial aid
23. United States of America - financial aid, deployment of ships and aircrafts, medics rapid response team, search and rescue personnel

  Courtesy of PTV PH

As of press time, there are still pledges and incoming financial aids from different countries, especially the presidents who are willing to help wholeheartedly those victims in Super Typhoon Yolanda.

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