Australia provides assistance following Typhoon Lando (Koppu)
22 October 2015
Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop today announced the Australian Government will provide Php 33 million in emergency relief supplies to assist communities and families affected by Typhoon Lando (international name Koppu).
"Australia, as a close friend of the Philippines, is saddened by the loss of life and damage to homes and property in the wake of this tragedy," Ms Bishop said. “I commend the Government of the Philippines for its leadership and preparedness measures, and for quickly mobilising its domestic resources to support affected communities and provide timely assistance,” she further said.
“As a good friend and neighbour, the Philippines can expect that Australia will continue to support its close friend and partner during this time. We will work closely with the Philippine Government and partners to support the typhoon relief efforts as required,” Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell said.
In support of the Philippine Government’s response efforts, Australia will release prepositioned in-country stores with the United Nations Population Fund, World Food Program, and the Philippine Red Cross to affected communities. These include:
• Dignity kits through the United Nations Population Fund, containing malong cloths, bath soaps, laundry soaps, underwear, nail cutters, face towels, bath towels, slippers, toothbrush and toothpaste, 24-liter pails with covers, chamber pots with covers, cotton balls, shampoo, alcohol, tissue rolls, dippers, combs, solar lamps with chargers, whistles, and sanitary napkins or maternity pads for pregnant women;
• Family kits through the Philippine Red Cross, containing sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets jerry cans, hygiene kits, and tarpaulins as emergency shelter;
• Rice supplies and high-energy biscuits through the World Food Programme.