The Department for International Development will provide one hundred thousand pounds in humanitarian aid for people affected by the series of storms and typhoons that have hit the Philippines over the last two weeks.
The funds will be channelled through the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent and will supply emergency food, shelter, medical assistance, water and sanitation and other essential supplies to the worst hit areas.
The four storms that have hit the Philippines in the past two weeks have killed at least five hundred people. Four hundred people are missing and a further 160,000 have been displaced.
Notes to editors
1. DFID has provided =A3100,000 humanitarian aid in response to an appeal for US $1.7 million by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
2. The four storms and typhoons that hit the Philippines over the last two weeks have caused floods and landslides that have killed 500 people and up to another 400 are feared missing.
3. The government of the Philippines has been coordinating the emergency response.
4. A number of other donor countries have pledged their support:
5. Australia has committed =A3203,000;
6. New Zealand has committed =A318,500;
7. The US has pledged =A3100,000;
8. Japan has contributed =A346,000 in kind (including blankets and tents);
9. Germany has contributed =A335,000;
10. South Korea has contributed =A326,000;
11. Spain has contributed =A337,000 to the Philippine Red Cross; and
12. France has contributed approximately =A310,400
13. The Philippines is a middle-income country and does not receive bilateral development assistance from the UK Government. We do however, through our Embassy, provide funding for non-government organisations working on poverty reduction through our small grants scheme. In 2003/4 we provided approximately =A3200,000 for poverty-reduction programmes.
14. The Department for International Development (DFID) is the UK Government department responsible for promoting sustainable development and reducing poverty. The central focus of the Government's policy is a commitment to the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015. These seek to:
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger;
- Achieve universal primary education;
- Promote gender equality and empower women;
- Reduce child mortality;
- Improve maternal health;
- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases;
- Ensure environmental sustainability; and
- Develop a global partnership for development.
For further information please call Geraldine Platten, DFID Press Office, on 020 7023 0600.