Minister Lenihan announces €100,000 in humanitarian assistance for Philippines Landslide victims
Mr. Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister of State for Development Cooperation and Human Rights, today announced funding of €100,000 to assist in the relief effort in the Philippines following a landslide on the island of Leyte.
The Minister said:
“An entire community has been devastated without warning by this appalling tragedy. Some 200 people are feared dead and it is estimated that 1,500 are missing. I am making funding available to the International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies in support of the relief effort."
17 February 2006
Note for Editors:
This morning (Friday 17 February) a massive landslide struck the village of Guinsahugon on the eastern part of the island of Leyte in the Eastern Philippines. The village was demolished leaving some 200 persons feared dead and it is estimated that over 1,500 persons are missing.
The local humanitarian agencies led by the Philippine Red Cross and Crescent Societies have been mobilised to assist the local authorities in their emergency humanitarian response.