PHL provides assistance to Thailand, Pakistan flood victims

January 8, 2012 11:28 am 

MANILA, Jan.7 — Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario turned over the Philippines' donation of US$ 100,000 and US$ 10,000 for the flood victims in Thailand and Pakistan, respectively, in ceremonies held at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The donations were turned over to Thai Ambassador to the Philippines Prasas Prasasvinitchai and Pakistani Ambassador Mohsin Razi. The Philippine donation to both countries will be used for rehabilitation programs for the flood victims.

Thailand suffered severe flooding in almost three months — from August to October 2011 — affecting about 2.5 million people, and causing more than 350 deaths.

The Thai Chamber of Commerce's Center for Economic and Business Forecasting estimated the economic loss due to the flooding, which included business and opportunity losses in the capital, to reach 550 billion Thai baht.

Seven Thai major industrial estates were affected, disrupting supply chain and leaving thousands of workers without work, especially in the automotive and electronics industries.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Sindh province also suffered flooding in September 2011. It was considered as more catastrophic than the the 2010 floods, where the Pakistani government had requested for assistance from foreign governments.

The calamity displaced over five million people and caused the loss of hundreds of peoples' lives and huge devastation to livestock and crops. (PNA) scs/FPV

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