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UK sets aid for Rolly victims

THE United Kingdom allocated 1 million pounds (P62.9 million) in humanitarian assistance to victims of recent typhoons in the Philippines and Vietnam.

“(The) £1 million UK aid package will help to deliver life-saving food, clean water and safe shelter to those who need it most and help both the Philippines and Vietnam recover from such destructive natural disasters,” UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Minister for Asia Nigel Adams said.

The aid will be channeled through the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and local Red Cross partners to provide shelter, clean water, food, and support livelihoods to about 80,000 Filipino typhoon victims and 160,000 people affected in Vietnam.

Adams said the IFRC has already launched separate “Emergency Appeals” to scale up the Red Cross response for both countries.

In the Philippines, the extent of damage caused by Typhoon Rolly (international name Goni) is still being assessed and the locations that need the most urgent assistance are being identified.

UK Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce hoped that the assistance would help the hard-hit areas and help affected families recover.

“It has been such a tragedy to see the devastating impact of Rolly on so many people here in the Philippines. I hope the UK contribution to IFRC helps families and communities recover,” he said Wednesday.

On Sunday, Super Typhoon Rolly battered Bicol region and other parts of Luzon.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said about 532,794 families or over 2 million individuals were affected by the Category 5 typhoon.