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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Australia Extends Help to the Philippines

Read below an article by regarding help being sent by Australia.

Australia to help Philippine flood victims

SYDNEY: Australia will give up to a million Australian dollars (US$874,920) in aid to the Philippines as it faces a humanitarian crisis caused by the worst flooding in decades, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said on Tuesday.

Australia's contribution will include emergency supplies of drinking water, clothing, hygiene kits and other essential items needed for the country to recover from heavy rains brought by tropical storm Ketsana on Saturday.

The Philippines on Monday called for assistance after severe flooding in Manila and surrounding regions left more than 240 people dead and hundreds of thousands seeking shelter in evacuation camps.

"Australia extends its condolences to the communities affected by this disaster," Smith said in a joint statement with Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance Bob McMullan.

"Australia stands ready to offer further assistance if additional needs are identified by the Philippines government."

The storm caused the worst flooding in more than 40 years in Manila and other areas of Luzon island and left 80 per cent of the capital under water.

Thanks to my friend Jo for the lead. My heart rejoices for Australia's generosity. I was actually wondering when they would send help (they always do) and they're finally doing it. Thanks Australia, you are making Filipino-Australians proud of you.