Mon, September 28, 2009
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Singapore sends humanitarian assistance to Philippines

2009-09-28 08:59:19 GMT2009-09-28 16:59:19 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SINGAPORE, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Singapore government will send humanitarian relief supplies worth 30,000 U.S. dollars to the typhoon-hit Philippines.

According to a statement by Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, the Singapore government will also contribute 20,000 U.S. dollars as seed money to kick start the Singapore Red Cross's drive for donations for those affected by the disaster.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has sent a condolence letter to Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo expressing heartfelt sympathies on behalf of the people and government of Singapore for the loss of life and destruction caused by Typhoon Ketsana.

MANILA, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Seventy-three people were killed while 23 others remain missing one day after tropical storm Kestana battered northern Philippines, bringing epic rainfall that caused massive flooding and landslides, government officials said.

By 6 p.m. (1000 GMT) Sunday, 69,513 families in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces have been displaced after homes were destroyed and the government's temporary evacuation centers only managed to shelter around 12,000 families, or nearly 60,000 people, said Anthony Golez, Office in Charge of the National Disaster Coordinating Council.

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