Australia increases aid to Pablo victims to P 307 million

December 18, 2012 11:33 pm 

By Michaela del Callar

MANILA, Dec. 18 -– Australia Tuesday increased its humanitarian assistance to the victims of Typhoon Pablo to AUS $ 7.3 million or about P 307 million.

Its additional support will provide food, safe drinking water and temporary shelters to thousands of affected families, and to people with disabilities, Australia’s embassy in Manila said in a statement.

In worst hit areas, Australia will also support activities to protect and counsel traumatized children, it said.

“This assistance reflects the Australian people’s commitment to helping our friends in times of need,” Australian Embassy Charge d’ Affaires Andrew Byrne said.

“I hope Australia’s humanitarian assistance can help some of the worst-affected families to rebuild their lives.”

Byrne said the number of affected people requiring food, water and health services is staggering, adding that nutrition and health risks are also alarmingly increasing, especially among the most vulnerable of the affected populations, including children, women, the elderly and the disabled.

Breakdown of Australia’s package of assistance are as follows:

AUS$ 2 million (P 84 million) – prepositioned emergency, food, and health supplies through the Philippine Red Cross, World Food Program, and United Nations Population Fund which are already being distributed to families in the worst-hit areas.

AUS$ 3 million (P 126 million) – response to the UN appeal, including rice stocks through the World Food Program, emergency shelters through Habitat International, livelihood support through the International Labor Organization, and health supplies through the UN Population Fund.

AUS$ 2 million (P 84 million) – to provide access to clean and safe water for 25,000 people, emergency shelter for 3,500 vulnerable families, and set up safe child-friendly spaces for 3,000 children through Oxfam Australia, Save the Children Australia and Caritas Australia.

AUS$ 300,000 (P12.6 million) – to non-government organizations working in Mindanao to assist specific emergency relief need of needs of persons with disabilities. (PNA)

HBC/MDC/UTB

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