Donations and pledges of support are pouring into the flood-hit region of southern Philippines, particularly after the country’s government announced it would be accepting international aid as it deals with the situation in Mindanao, where the number of casualties and victims continue to rise.
The Philippine government initially put off appealing for international assistance, explaining it is “generously equipped to mobilize and support disaster relief efforts.”
But as noted by Valerie Amos, the U.N. under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, the needs of the affected population are huge and require additional supplies and expertise, and a rapid scaling up of disaster response efforts. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, meanwhile, has identified the most urgently needed supplies as water, sanitation, food, emergency shelter and hygiene.
Amos said she has allocated $3 million from the U.N.’s Central Emergency Response Fund for kick-starting some of the much-needed relief activities in Mindanao. Meanwhile, the local U.N. humanitarian coordinator, Soe Nyunt-U, appealed for $28 million to boost relief operations in Mindanao, where he said cities were as if “hit by an inland tsunami.”
Here’s a round-up of the latest pledges, as well as funding appeals, for relief efforts in Iligan City, Cagayan de Oro and other affected areas in the Philippines:
A 2.63 million Swiss francs ($2.8 million) preliminary appeal from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to support the delivery of food, blankets, mats and shelter assistance to storm victims through the Philippine Red Cross.
€900,000 ($1.18 million) donation from Spain, to be coursed through the Spanish Cooperation Agency for International Development, or AECID. Of the sum, €400,000 will be spent on emergency relief while the remainder will be allocated to disaster response.
$100,000 from the United States for the delivery of priority needs to the hardest-hit areas. The U.S. Agency for International Development is also expected to provide relief assistance through the U.S.-based aid group Catholic Relief Services.
€500,000 donation from Germany for the purchase and distribution of mosquito nets, hygiene kits and other priority supplies.
$100,000 donation from Malaysia for relief and reconstruction activities.
The Philippine government, meanwhile, has added an additional 1 billion Philippine pesos ($22.9 million) to its 1.2 billion Philippine pesos calamity fund.
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