Australian aid to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan
Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop today said the Australian Government will provide an initial $390,500 in emergency relief supplies to assist communities in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
"Australia, as a close friend of the Philippines, is saddened by the loss of life and damage to homes and property in the wake of this tragedy," Ms Bishop said.
"We're immediately providing pre-positioned emergency supplies, including sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets, water containers and health and hygiene kits for families devastated by the typhoon.
"Two Australian disaster experts are already on the ground assisting the Philippine Government and the United Nations to conduct a rapid needs assessment in those areas worst affected.
"However, we will work closely with our partners, including the Philippine Government, to obtain more information on the impact of the typhoon, and we stand ready to provide further assistance if required.
"We would also like to recognise the significant efforts of the Philippine authorities in assisting communities to prepare for the typhoon."
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