Pope Francis, Obama, 22 Other Global Leaders Pledge Aid to Typhoon Yolanda Victims
The Vatican’s Pope Francis said on Sunday he was deeply saddened by the disaster and urged Catholics to provide concrete help to the victims of the typhoon. “Sadly, there are many, many victims and the damage is huge,” the Pope said. Prior to that, he tweeted his sympathy to the Philippines.
Obama said in a press statement, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the millions of people affected by this devastating storm.” He added, America “is already providing significant humanitarian assistance and we stand ready to further assist the (Philippines) government’s relief and recovery efforts.”
The US government’s relief efforts has began flowing for the Philippines by way of sending supplies, including emergency shelter and hygiene materials, to help the families’ victims.
The USAID is also dispatching 55 metric tons of emergency food to feed 20,000 children and 15,000 adults for up to five days, the agency said. Around 90 US Marines and sailors arrived in the country already as part of a first wave of promised U.S. military assistance, which included aircraft for search and rescue operations. HEARTBREAKING. This photo of a man carrying the body of his lifeless 6-year-old daughter at the downtown area in Tacloban City is one of the Top 10 Hearbreaking photos we shared yesterday. This is just one of the images of fatalities in the storm surge whipped up by Supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ on Saturday, which landed on the frontpage of the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Monday. Help from foreign countries is now pouring but over 9.5 million Filipinos are still waiting, asking for help.
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