Philippines gets $850,000 in humanitarian aid from New Zealand

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Phil quakeThe Philippines has been provided $850,000 in humanitarian aid from New Zealand after it suffered a devastating 7.2-magnitude earthquake on October 15th which resulted in 161 deaths and 375 people injured.

An estimated 370,000 people in the Philippines have been displaced from their homes and placed in temporary shelters ever since October’s devastating quake.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said the United Nations planned an international appeal after assessments revealed recovery needs were greater than what was first anticipated.

“New Zealand’s assistance package includes $500,000 to the UN, to be delivered by UNICEF, and $100,000 for New Zealand technical expertise to help further assess quake damage and prepare for reconstruction work,” McCully said.

McCully also mentioned that an additional $250,000 will be funded in providing urgent water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities in the conflict-displaced population of Zamboanga City, an area that’s been effected by flooding so much that “significant pressure” has been placed on emergency shelters due to rising health risks.

New Zealand Ambassador Reuben Levermore said that, “We are deeply sympathetic to the plight of people affected by these crises. We hope that the assistance announced today by Minister McCully will aid in the rapid recover of the communities affected by the Bohol Earthquake and flooding in Zamboanga.”

New Zealand already provides The New Zealand Aid Program which supports disaster risk management and preparedness in the Philippines and helps develop early warning systems and hazard risk mapping.

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The Philippines has been provided $850,000 in humanitarian aid from New Zealand after it suffered a devastating 7.2-magnitude earthquake on October 15th which resulted in 161 deaths and 375 people injured.

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Phil quakeThe Philippines has been provided $850,000 in humanitarian aid from New Zealand after it suffered a devastating 7.2-magnitude earthquake on October 15th which resulted in 161 deaths and 375 people injured.

An estimated 370,000 people in the Philippines have been displaced from their homes and placed in temporary shelters ever since October’s devastating quake.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said the United Nations planned an international appeal after assessments revealed recovery needs were greater than what was first anticipated.

“New Zealand’s assistance package includes $500,000 to the UN, to be delivered by UNICEF, and $100,000 for New Zealand technical expertise to help further assess quake damage and prepare for reconstruction work,” McCully said.

McCully also mentioned that an additional $250,000 will be funded in providing urgent water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities in the conflict-displaced population of Zamboanga City, an area that’s been effected by flooding so much that “significant pressure” has been placed on emergency shelters due to rising health risks.

New Zealand Ambassador Reuben Levermore said that, “We are deeply sympathetic to the plight of people affected by these crises. We hope that the assistance announced today by Minister McCully will aid in the rapid recover of the communities affected by the Bohol Earthquake and flooding in Zamboanga.”

New Zealand already provides The New Zealand Aid Program which supports disaster risk management and preparedness in the Philippines and helps develop early warning systems and hazard risk mapping.

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