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20/12/2011: Philippine Embassy Appeals to Kababayans for Generosity in Helping Victims of Typhoon Sendong

20 December 2011, Washington D.C. The Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. appeals to all Filipinos in the United States to be generous in giving financial assistance to the victims of the floods in Cagayan De Oro City, Iligan City and neighboring areas.

The Embassy expresses its gratitude to community organizations and private individuals in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Area that have sent donations, made pledges, and continue to raise funds for the victims.

As of date, the death toll resulting from Tyhpoon Sendong (international name: Washi) has risen to 976 with 46 still missing, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).  The total number of persons affected has reached close to 350,000.

President Benigno S. Aquino III visited the hard-hit cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan today to oversee the conditions of the residents there and direct government response to the disaster.  He declared a state of national calamity in the areas affected by the floods.

The President assured those affected by the calamity of government funds for relief assistance and rehabilitation.  He added that support is also coming from foreign donors, in the form of loans, equipment and expertise.

Donations in cash and kind worth millions of pesos have since been streaming in from government agencies, foreign government, and organizations, the religious, civic and business communities, and private individuals.  While aid has steadily poured in, thousands are still reeling from the catastrophe. END