- iHaveNet.com: Asia
By Bernadette Carreon
Assistance from foreign countries begins to pour in to help in the Typhoon Pablo relief efforts.
United States Ambassador to the Philippines in his official twitter account stated that U.S. will be giving an additional $3 million in assistance for relief efforts.
"2day US Govt. is providing additional $3 million to address Typhoon Pablo-related humanitarian needs incl support for shelter,logistics&food," the twitter stated.
He added that the US will also bring additional assistance to the flodd victims in Mindanao and marine and personnel from the US Agency for International Development arrived in Davao on Sunday.
The $100,000 disaster relief efforts is going to be coursed through the non-profit organization Catholic Relief Services.
The United Nations (UN), Canada, Australia, China, Japan, the United Kingdom (UK), and Israel had sent their messages of sympathies and respective donations to typhoon victims.
The death toll from Typhoon Pablo has now rose to at least 600 people and that it could reach up to 1,000 while search operations still continue for hundreds who are still missing.
The Philippine government also has stated that damages from the typhoon could amount to P4 billion or $100 million.
The United Nations said it was prepared to provide humanitarian assistance and to mobilize international support to typhoon victims in Mindanao., reports said.
In the website of the UN, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon "extends his sincere condolences to the government and people of the Philippines, particularly those who have lost family members and who have been otherwise affected by this disaster."
The Australian government said it would send P210 million. Canada said it would give P10 million. The United States said it would provide an initial $100,000, or P4 million, to help the victims.
Pope Benedict XVI on Friday sent his condolences to the typhoon victims.
Catholic churches will hold a second collection to help the victims of Typhoon Pablo.
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