AUSTRALIA EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES; OFFERS A$1 MILLION FOR REMING VICTIMS
Australia will provide an initial A$1 million (Php 39 million) in immediate humanitarian relief to assist the victims of Super Typhoon ‘Reming’.
The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) is working closely with international relief agencies (UNDP, UNICEF), the Philippine National Red Cross, and national and local emergency services to provide assistance to victims, including essential food, shelter and medical supplies.
The United Nations Disaster Assessment Coordination Office has placed personnel, including Australian experts, on stand-by to mobilise an assessment team if requested.
The Australian Government stands ready to offer further assistance as additional needs are identified.
Ambassador Tony Hely spoke directly to President Arroyo on 1 December, conveying the sympathy and condolences of the Australian people for the tragic loss of life and to foreshadow Australia’s assistance.