Canada donates P2.1M to flood victims
MANILA, Philippines - Canada will donate P2.1 million to support relief efforts for the victims of the floods that have battered Metro Manila and neighboring provinces in the past few days.
The amount is an "initial allocation" and will be channeled through the Canadian International Development Agency, the Canadian embassy in Manila said in a statement on Monday, August 13.
Canada's aid will support the efforts of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Philippine Red Cross in the affected areas.
The aid will go to provision of much-needed food and other relief items, support disease prevention and health education, provide psychosocial support to affected families and ensure the immediate water needs of people remaining in evacuation centers are met.
On behalf of the Canadian government, ambassador to the Philippines Christopher Thornley expressed his country's condolences to the Filipino people.
"I extend my deepest sympathies to the families and friends who have lost loved ones or are otherwise affected by the latest devastating rains. Canada stands ready to assist the Philippines in times of need."
According to the Canadian embassy, Canada is home to more than 600,000 Filipinos and Canadians of Filipino descent.
In its latest situation report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that at least 92 people have been reported dead in the floods that have affected almost 3.5M million people in Metro Manila and other provinces in Luzon.
Over 1M people are currently being served by evacuation centers in the devastated areas. - Rappler.com