US offers aid to PH, Palau after deadly typhoon

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Dec 06 2012 11:40 AM | Updated as of Dec 06 2012 07:40 PM

WASHINGTON - The United States offered disaster relief and sent condolences Wednesday to the Philippines and Palau in the wake of Typhoon Pablo (international codename Bopha), which left hundreds dead.

At least 325 people were killed and hundreds remain missing in the Philippines following the deadliest typhoon to hit the country this year, the Philippines civil defense chief said in Manila.

"The United States offers condolences for the destruction and loss of life in the southern Philippines and the widespread damage to populated areas in Palau caused by Typhoon Bopha," deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.

"Our embassies in Manila and Koror have offered immediate disaster relief assistance, and we are working closely with authorities in both countries to offer additional assistance as needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy."

Philippines civil defense chief Benito Ramos warned that the toll was expected to rise because hundreds of people are still missing.