Canada donating P206-M relief for Yolanda victims
Canada announced on Sunday that it will provide up to P205.9-million (Cad$5 million) in support to humanitarian organizations striving to meet the needs of the people affected by typhoon Yolanda.
According to the Canadian Embassy in Manila, emergency relief activities will include the provision of emergency shelter, food, water, livelihood support, and other essential services.
“Canada is deeply concerned by the impact of this catastrophic typhoon,” said Canadian Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie Christian Paradis said in a statement.
“We continue to monitor the situation closely and are working with Canadian and international humanitarian partners to determine what assistance is required.”
Minister Paradis said in addition to this support, Canada has already provided support through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird added that they will continue to monitor the situation to ensure humanitarian needs are met and provide further assistance if required.
“The destruction is alarming, and Canada will continue to ensure needs are being met,” said Minister Baird. “Canada remains committed to supporting the most vulnerable people around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this devastating storm.”
Simultaneously, British Minister of State for the Foreign Office Hugo Swire offered his condolences to the Philippines following the devastation caused by the strongest typhoon ever to hit the country this year.
Swire disclosed in a statement that a Department for International Development (DFID) team has already arrived in the Philippines to assess, in consultation with the United Nations and the Philippine government, what assistance the United Kingdom can offer as a matter of urgency.
According to the British Embassy in Manila, several British nationals have been affected by the storm damage and communication difficulties although there are currently no reports of any Britons who died or injured in the typhoon’s aftermath.
The embassy said it has been offering consular advice to British nationals and those wishing to contact family and friends who are in the Philippines.
“The priority now is to reach the remote communities that have been cut off by the storm and help Philippine authorities in their effort to meet their urgent needs,” it added. “Our thoughts are also with Filipinos resident in the UK who will be worried about friends and family back in the Philippines.