EU, UK to provide aid to typhoon victims

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The European Union and the United Kingdom will provide assistance to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda that devastated Central Philippines on Friday.

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The super typhoon, one of the world’s most powerful storms in history, battered most of the Visayan region and other parts of the country, affecting thousands and left at least three dead.

“The Philippines has been severely tested by nature on several occasions this year. As it confronts yet another natural calamity I express my solidarity with the Filipino people and my deep sympathy with those who have lost their loved ones or their livelihoods,” EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux said.

An EU humanitarian aid team, he said, is already in the Philippines to assess the impact of the typhoon and find out how the EU can be most helpful to those who urgently need assistance.

A team from the UK, on the other hand, is on its way to affected provinces “to assess needs and mobilize resources,” British Ambassador Asif Ahmad said.

“The fortunate ones will be able to recover quickly but the most vulnerable people will need help to rebuild their shattered lives,” Ahmad said.

British citizens living in the Philippines also want to play their part in assisting the affected communities, he added.

“Yet again the resilience of the people of the Philippines is being tested in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. With our expression of concern and sorrow for the victims comes our assurance of help,” Asif said. PNA

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