Japan gives P8.2M aid for 'Ruby' victims


Posted at Dec 10 2014 07:11 PM | Updated as of Dec 11 2014 03:11 AM

MANILA - The Japanese government said Wednesday it is donating 22 million yen (around P8.2 million) worth of emergency relief supplies to the Philippines to help victims of tropical cyclone Ruby (Hagupit) that lashed the nation over the weekend.

The supplies include blankets, sleeping pads, and plastic sheets, according to the Japanese embassy in Manila.

The Philippine disaster management office said Wednesday nearly 2.4 million people were affected by Ruby.

In Eastern Samar province where Ruby first made landfall on Saturday, nearly 52,000 houses were damaged, a third of them totally destroyed.

In Northern Samar, 27,200 houses were damaged, almost 6,800 totally wrecked.

The disaster management office said damage to infrastructure and agriculture is estimated at more than P2.5 billion.

Ruby, the 18th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, peaked with 215 kilometers per hour in maximum sustained winds last Friday as it approached the central regions where super typhoon Yolanda left massive devastation in November last year.