Germany is sending in emergency response teams and initially extending 23 tons of humanitarian aid to the central Visayas region in the wake of the massive destruction brought about by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Rescue teams of German relief organizations Care, Malteser International and HelpAge, which are part of the umbrella organization for German humanitarian aid (Buendnis Aktion Deutschland Hilfe) are already working on the ground in Samar and Leyte in collaboration with Philippine rescue and relief agencies.
German aid organizations ADRA and Johanniter Unfallhilfe will also be deploying more rescue and relief teams to the Visayas.
Moreover, a team from the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) is on its way to the Philippines to provide assistance in the devastated regions.
German nongovernment organizations World Vision and the International Search and Rescue Team (Isar Germany) donated 23 tons of humanitarian aid consisting of water, food, hygiene and medical kits. The relief goods were flown into the Philippines by German airline Lufthansa on November 10.
Isar Germany has also sent a medical team composed of 24 doctors and nurses to the hardest-hit regions of the Visayas. The team arrived in the Philippines on Sunday evening. They bring with them up to two tons of medical supplies provided by Action Medeor, a German relief organization, and will set up medical tents, which can accommodate up to 1,000 persons per day.
German gov’t conveys sympathies, condolences
The German government, through its embassy in the country, also conveyed its sympathies to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
In a letter addressed to Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle expressed his sympathies and condolences to the people of the Philippines. “Our thoughts are with the victims, their loved ones and friends,” wrote Westerwelle.
Chargé d’Affaires of the German Embassy Manila Michael Hasper relayed to the Philippine government the message of condolence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who expressed her sadness for the loss of lives and the suffering caused by the super typhoon.