Minister of State Mr. Conor Lenihan T.D. announces €300,000 funding following devastating Philippines typhoon
Minister of State Mr Conor Lenihan T.D. announces €300,000 funding following devastating Philippines typhoon
Conor Lenihan T.D., Minister of State for Development Cooperation and Human Rights, today announced immediate funding of €300,000 in response to typhoon Durian which has caused huge devastation across central and northern parts of the Philippines leaving up to 1,000 people dead and over 60,000 people displaced from their homes. Ireland’s funding will be provided to the International Federation of the Red Cross for their local response through the Philippines Red Cross Society.
In making the announcement, Minister Lenihan said:
“We have seen over recent days the hugely destructive impact of this typhoon on the affected population. I want Ireland to respond quickly to assist agencies engaged in vital relief work taking place on the ground. Local communities are responding exceptionally well but in a hugely challenging environment. Irish Aid funds will help them by providing for immediate needs including basic healthcare, shelter, food and water.
In the longer term, Irish Aid supports its partner agencies to assist communities in vulnerable regions and countries like the Philippines to prepare for and, where possible, mitigate the impact of such natural disasters. These communities are hugely vulnerable to the effects of extreme weather phenomena like typhoons. We are determined to continue to assist them to withstand the effects and build stronger community mechanisms to limit the effects of disasters”.
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Ireland’s funding will assist with the immediate rescue efforts as well as providing essential assistance for those caught up in the disaster including for shelter, food and water and medical supplies. The Red Cross estimates that some 9,000 families are already in emergency shelters. Some 66,000 people are believed to have lost their homes.
The typhoon has left many people still buried under mudslides and local communities are struggling to free those trapped in the aftermath of the disaster. Relief efforts are being rendered more difficult due to access routes blocked by debris. The typhoon caused widespread flooding and resulting mudslides. Many affected provinces are still without power adding to the communications difficulties in responding.
This is the fourth typhoon to strikes the Philippines in as many months. It underlines once again the vital role of disaster preparedness and disaster prevention which Irish Aid is supporting across its programmes.
3 December 2006