Thu. Dec 3rd, 2020
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The United States and Australia have started pooling humanitarian assistance that will be given to the Philippine government, to help the country recover after being battered by Super Typhoon Rolly last November 1.

In a tweet, US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law declared that Washington is now coordinating with various international organizations that are now in the Philippines so as to assist in hard-hit areas.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by typhoon Rolly The U.S. stands ready to help. We are working with WFP (World Food Programme) Philippines and the IOM (International Organization for Migration) Philippines to deliver relief supplies and provide emergency shelter supplies in Bicol,” Law said.

Some 35 trucks have been provided to the government in order to help with the delivery of supplies, the US Embassy in Manila said.

For his part, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven Robinson announced that Canberra has gave emergency shelter kits, which was channeled to the Philippine Red Cross.

“I extend my sympathies to the people of the Philippines for the loss of life due to Rolly. Australia is supporting the Philippine government’s response efforts, with the Philippine Red Cross we are assisting 1,000 vulnerable families in Bicol Region with sleeping, hygiene and emergency shelter kits,” he said in a tweet Monday.

Robinson lauded the herculean efforts of the Philippines despite the current challenges brought about by the coronavirus disease pandemic.

“Australia stands ready to support the Philippine govt, and we are working with humanitarian partners in identifying needs. This is a time for mateship and bayanihan,” he said.

The Philippines’ ally, China, had earlier committed to help government’s recovery efforts.

They said they are in solidarity to the Filipino people.

“We are deeply saddened by the massive destruction caused by Typhoon Rolly (Goni). Our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the victims and the families who have suffered immense losses of lives and properties, and sincerely hope for speedy recovery in the affected areas,” the Chinese Embassy in Manila said in a statement.  (PNA with reports from Anadolu)

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