South Korea gives $300,000 for quake victims

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 18 2013 02:41 AM | Updated as of Oct 18 2013 10:41 AM

SEOUL - South Korea is donating US$300,000 to help victims of the massive earthquake that hit parts of the Visayas and another US$200,000 for the rehabilitation of Zamboanga following the attack of MNLF rebels, President Benigno Aquino told reporters Thursday.

"Damang-dama natin ‘yung kagustuhan nilang tumulong sa ating bansa. I was told tonight that they donated first ‘yung sa Zamboanga tapos tonight I was informed tinulungan na rin tayo dito dahil sa earthquake… 300 thousand tinulong, dollars,” he said.

More than 160 people have died while more than 3 million have been affected by the quake.

Nearly all the fatalities were recorded in Bohol.

Eleven people died in Cebu, the country's second-largest city, while one person was killed on the island of Siquijor, Balido said.

The quake toppled centuries-old churches and destroyed more than 19,000 homes, the disaster council said, adding 65,000 people were staying in government-run shelters. - with a report from Agence France-Presse