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28/09/2009: Ambassador Gaa Encourages Filipinos in the United States to Extend Relief Assistance to Victims of Typhoon Ondoy

28 SEPTEMBER 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa today encouraged the Filipino community in the United States to extend relief assistance to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy that brought havoc to Metro Manila and its neighboring provinces in Northern Luzon.

“I encourage members of the Filipino community in the United States to extend their support to the flood-stricken victims of Typhoon Ondoy.  Let this moment be a time of giving, solidarity and oneness for our people and a chance to manifest the Filipinos’ resiliency in the face of calamity,” Ambassador Gaa said in a statement.

Donations to typhoon victims can be coursed through the National Disaster Coordinating Center (NDCC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Philippine National Red Cross.  Additional information can be accessed through the Philippine Embassy website at www.philippineembassy-usa.org.

Typhoon Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) brought unprecedented flooding in the nation’s capital and its adjacent areas, Saturday, 26 September.  According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Quezon City received its highest rainfall of 455 millimeters in 24 hours, almost equivalent to a month’s worth of rain. 86,313 families or more than 430,000 Filipinos were affected by the storm.  According to the latest reports of NDCC, 7,908 persons were rescued in the conduct of its relief operations, while 86 people were found dead and 32 still missing.  Metro Manila including the 25 storm hit provinces of Northern Luzon remain in a “state of calamity.”  END