US, UK express solidarity with typhoon victims, give assistance

Published November 3, 2020, 8:36 PM

by Roy Mabasa

The governments of the United States and the United Kingdom have conveyed their solidarity with the Philippines following the devastation of Category 5 super typhoon Rolly (International Name: Goni) that left at least 20 people dead and thousands of residents displaced.

“Our thoughts are with those affected by typhoon Rolly. The U.S. stands ready to help. We are working with the World Food Programme (WFP)-Philippines and the International Organization of Migration (IOM) Philippines to deliver relief supplies and provide emergency shelter supplies in Bicol,” US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law said in a tweet. 

The US Embassy said the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its partner the WFP, supports the delivery of relief supplies in affected communities in Bicol, the hardest-hit region in Southern Luzon, by providing 35 trucks to the Philippine government. 

In UK, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Minister for Asia Nigel Adams announced that his government will contribute a total of £1 million to help victims of Typhoon Goni in the Philippines, as well as those impacted by the recent devastating flooding in Vietnam.

The £1 million of UK aid will go to the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), through the British Red Cross Society, to local Red Cross partners and help to provide shelter, clean water, food, and support livelihoods for around 160,000 people in Vietnam and 80,000 in the Philippines.

In a statement, Minister Nigel Adams said the typhoons that have hit the Philippines and Vietnam have had a devastating impact on lives and livelihoods across the region.

He said the £1 million UK aid package will help to deliver life-saving food, clean water, and safe shelter to those who need it most and help both the Philippines and Vietnam recover from such destructive natural disasters.