Australia donates P31 million for Ompong victims

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 16 2018 01:24 PM

Devastation from Typhoon Ompong in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Australia is giving A$800,000 (P31 million) in humanitarian assistance for victims of Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut), its foreign affairs minister said Sunday.

The aid, which will be distributed through the Philippine Red Cross, includes sleeping mats, blankets, hygiene and shelter kits for up to 25,000 people in typhoon-ravaged areas.

Canberra also deployed humanitarian experts to the Philippines to help assess the typhoon's damage.

"Our Embassy is coordinating closely with Philippine authorities and our international partners," Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said in a statement.

"We stand ready to provide further assistance if requested by the Philippine Government," she said.

Ompong, the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, smashed through northern Luzon on Saturday and left a trail of destruction.

At least 25 people have been reported dead, mostly due to landslides in mountainous areas, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Francis Tolentino said Sunday.