Australia grants P210M assistance to Pablo victims

Posted at 12/07/12 12:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Australian government is ready to provide its counterpart, the Philippines, of up to P210 million in early recovery assistance to aid Filipinos affected by typhoon Pablo (international codename: Bopha).

"On behalf of the Australian Government and people, I extend heartfelt sympathies for the loss of lives and destruction resulting from this devastating typhoon," said Australian Embassy Charge d'affaires Andrew Byrne.

Of the P210 million, Australia will make available P38.5 million to the Philippine Red Cross for emergency family kits which include sleeping mats, mosquito nets and water containers; and another P43 million to the World Food Program for 1000 tons of rice.

Likewise, Australia will make available P4 million through the United Nations Population Fund for hygiene and health kits for people in evacuation centers.

Byrne also commended the Philippine government for its preparedness and response.

"We will continue to work with the government and other partners so they can draw on Australian assistance as needed," Byrne said.

As of Friday morning, the death toll in the typhoon rose to 418 while a total of 445 people were injured and 383 others remain missing.

Australia works with partners to pre-position emergency supplies to enable a rapid response to natural disasters.