The Philippines is about to receive international emergency help from the United States, Australia and the United Nations after Typhoon Haiyan recently devastated the country more than any other natural disaster did in its history. The Super Typhoon may have killed more than 10,000 people and has left behind entire demolished communities, chaos and desperation.
Delivering on a promise of quick help from President Barack Obama, about 90 US Marines and sailors based in All Japan news flew into Tacloban, after receiving a bird’s eye view of the immense scale of destruction across Leyte. They brought communication and logistical equipment to support the Philippine armed forces in their relief operation.
“We are going to move stuff as they direct, as the Philippine government and the armed forces (ask),” Brigadier General Paul Kennedy, the head of the Okinawa-based 3rd Marine Expedition Brigade, said in Tacloban.
The Australian government pledged Aus$10 million dollars (US$9.38 million), with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop describing the unfolding tragedy as “absolutely devastating” and on a “massive scale”.
The sum includes Aus$4 million towards a UN global appeal and Aus$3 million for Australian non-government organisations. The aid will include tarpaulins, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, water containers and health and hygiene kits, the media reports.
UNICEF has also sent 60 tonnes of aid including shelters and medicine that will arrive in the Philippines on Tuesday. Deliveries of water purification and sanitation equipment will follow.
All Japan news sent on Monday a disaster relief and medical team of 25 people.