Japan and the United States are prepared to help more the victims of Tropical Cyclone Pablo (Bopha) in the Philippines, the two countries stated.
Japan is providing an emergency help of Y45 million “in the form of relief items which include tents, jerry cans, sleeping pads and plastic sheeting”, according to the Japanese Embassy officials. They added that Japan and Philippines are both “disaster-prone nations”.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda sent messages of condolences to President Benigno Aquino III, as did Foreign Affairs Minister Koichiro Gemba to PHL Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario.
Japanese defense minister Satoshi Morimoto sent a similar message to Philippines counterpart Voltaire Gazmin.
“The Government of Japan reiterates its commitment in assisting the Philippines Government’s disaster management efforts,” he said.
“The US government is providing additional $3 million to address Typhoon Pablo-related humanitarian needs including support for shelter, logistics, and food”, U.S. Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr said.
The U.S. has previously helped the victims of Pablo with $100,000.
Recently, Philippine’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council stated Hurricane Pablo has lead last week to the death of more than 600 people.