More foreign aid pours in for typhoon victims in south Philippines

Jerry Esplanada and Amy Remo in Manila/Philippine Daily Inquirer
Asia News Network

Manila (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has received US$19.2 million in donations and pledges of support for victims of Tropical Storm "Sendong" (international name: Washi).

The amount, however, "does not include those given to the United Nations flash appeal" for Sendong victims, the DFA clarified.

In a statement, the DFA on Wednesday said that as of January 3, it had received $8.32 million in cash donations, $5.35 million worth of material aid and $5.59 million in pledges.

"New cash donors include Germany ($651,193.36), Hong Kong ($257,000), Luxembourg ($46,744.61), Laos ($15,000), and Taiwan ($12,993)," said the DFA.

The European Union, on the other hand, sent $3.87 million worth of material assistance.

Earlier, the DFA received cash donations from Japan ($2 million) and Belgium ($522,029.97).

The DFA also got donations from Filipino communities in Hawaii ($30,000), northeast US ($4,800), Washington ($1,670), Ottawa ($1,000), New Zealand $1,000, and Israel ($807), among others.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is also donating $1 million to aid communities affected by Sendong.