MANILA (2nd UPDATE) — Some countries sent their condolences and pledged aid to the Philippines after typhoon Rolly, the world's strongest storm this year, wreaked havoc in parts of the country.
The government of the United Kingdom on Tuesday said was allotting £1 million (around P62.8 million/$1.2 million) to help victims of Typhoon Goni (Rolly) in the Philippines, as well as those affected by the recent flooding in Vietnam.
Nigel Adams, the Minister for Asia at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), announced UK's aid for the two Southeast Asian countries.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government said it has pledged 35 million AED or more than P450 million of financial aid for those affected by the typhoon.
According to WAM (Emirates News Agency), a delegation from the Emirates Red Cross (ERC) has travelled to Manila to oversee the relief operations and ensure urgent delivery of the aid in coordination with local authorities in the Philippines.
“Phase One of the ERC aid project includes large volume of shelter materials, while Phase Two will provide health, food and other humanitarian assistance to those affected by the recent natural calamity,” it said.
“H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent, has been monitoring typhoon ‘Goni’ (local name ‘Rolly’) since it started to hit the Philippines over the weekend,” it added.
The European Union said it will be giving €1.3 million or almost P63 million aid for families affected by the typhoon.
“This contribution will support the Filipino people via our humanitarian partners on the ground who are providing critical support to those hit hardest by Typhoon Goni,” Janez Lenarčič, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, said in a statement.
“It will not only cover the immediate needs of the most affected populations, but will also help the Filipino people restore their homes and livelihoods so they can get back on their feet as soon as possible. The EU stands in solidarity with those affected in the Philippines.”
The European Union earlier offered their condolences to the families of the victims of the typhoon.
“Our condolences to the families of the victims of #RollyPH and #QuintaPH @eu_echo @ECHO_Asia stands ready to assist in the recovery efforts. #EUinthePhilippines,” it said in a tweet.
The Embassy of France to the Philippines and Micronesia
also offered their condolences to the families of the victims of the typhoon.
“Our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of Typhoon #RollyPH, which has killed over a dozen persons and injured & displaced many others, particularly in the Bicol region & in Southern Luzon,” it said in a Facebook post.
“We offer our sympathy to all affected by this catastrophe and express our solidarity with the Filipino people & the local authorities.”
The Singapore government on Thursday said it will contribute $200,000 to help Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, which were affected by typhoon Goni.
“The four countries have been affected by severe storms and floods, which have resulted in the loss of many lives and the widespread destruction of property, causing hardship and suffering to many families and communities,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore said in a statement.
“The Singapore Government’s contribution will supplement SRC’s earlier donations of S$50,000 to the Philippine Red Cross, and US$75,000 (US$25,000 each) to the Red Cross societies in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. As a close friend and fellow ASEAN Member State, Singapore stands by Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and the Philippines at this difficult time.”
Typhoon Rolly, which struck the Philippines as a super typhoon on Sunday, killed at least 19 people and has affected hundreds of thousands in several provinces.
More than 4 million residents in the region remain without electricity and even energy officials are unable to say when power could be restored.