World sends emergency relief to battered Philippines

11 November 2013 15:44
(QHA) - World is mobilizing emergency aid to the Philippines as the scale of the devastation unleashed by Super Typhoon Haiyan emerges, according to Al Arabiya news. The Pentagon is sending military personnel and equipment to assist with the relief effort following the typhoon, which may have killed more than 10,000 people in what is feared to be the country’s worst natural disaster. “The United States is already providing significant humanitarian assistance, and we stand ready to further assist the government’s relief and recovery efforts,” U.S. President Barack Obama said in a statement. Some 90 Marines and sailors, and two KC-130J Hercules aircraft, left Japan for the Philippines on Saturday, with equipment including tilt-rotor aircraft which can operate without runways, Marines Colonel John Peck said. The Australian government pledged Aus$10 million dollars ($9.38 million), with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop describing the unfolding tragedy as “absolutely devastating” and on a “massive scale”. In turn, United Nations leader Ban Ki-moon promised U.N. humanitarian agencies would “respond rapidly to help people in need”. As reported, Arab countries donations include the UAE which has announced support and assistance programs and projects worth $10 million to the Philippines and Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz’s Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) $100,000 donation in relief to the victims channel through the Philippine government.