Countries send condolences to Philippines after Typhoon Ompong

Here is a list of countries that have extended their condolences to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

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SEARCH OPERATIONS. Policemen on September 17, 2018, lead the search and retrieval operations for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, after the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) over the weekend. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

— (MANILA, Philippines) Countries sent their condolences to the Philippines after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) killed dozens of Filipinos and affected 500,000 others.

Here is a list of countries that have extended their condolences to the Philippines after Ompong:

South Korea

The South Korean embassy in the Philippines sent the following email on Tuesday, September 18:

The Korean people and the government of the Republic of Korea are deeply saddened by the news of hardship Filipinos are going through, including the massive number of casualties and injuries, as the Typhoon Mangkhut/Ompong hit the Philippines recently.

We are confident that the people of the Philippines, under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte, will recover from the damage soon. To help relieve the suffering of the Filipino communities from the typhoon damage, the government of the Republic of Korea has decided to provide the Philippines with humanitarian aid of 300,000 US dollars through an appropriate channel.

Again, the Korean people and the government of the Republic of Korea send their sincere condolences to the families of the victims to Mangkhut/Ompong and pray for the Philippines’ earliest possible recovery from the tragedy.

France

The French embassy in the Philippines sent the following email on Monday, September 17:

France expresses its most sincere condolences to the families of the victims of Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong), which killed dozens of persons in Northern Luzon, and injured and displaced many others. We extend our sympathy to all affected by this catastrophe, and express our solidarity with the Philippine authorities, with which we stand ready to examine the assistance and aid they may need to face the consequences of this tragedy.

 

Japan

The Japanese embassy in the Philippines on Tuesday, September 18, emailed this message from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Japanese leader delivered this message to President Rodrigo Duterte:

I am deeply saddened and worried to learn the news that many precious lives were lost, many people are still missing, and serious damage was brought in the northern Philippines due to Typhoon Ompong.

On behalf of the Japanese government and people, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, and express my sympathy to those who were affected.

Japan is ready to provide the maximum possible assistance including provision of emergency relief goods to the Philippines. Like the Philippines, we fully understand the hardship caused by severe damages of typhoons. Japan always stands with the Philippines in overcoming this time of difficulties.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono also sent the following message to Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday, September 17:

I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the government of the Philippines and its people on the damages from Typhoon Ompong in the northern Philippines. The government of Japan stands with the government of the Philippines and its people and is ready to provide the maximum possible assistance to the Philippines. My deepest condolences are with the bereaved and I sincerely pray for the speedy recovery of the affected people as well as the prompt restoration of the affected areas.

Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda on Monday also offered his condolences to the Philippines.

United Kingdom

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted the following message on Sunday, September 16:

UK’s deepest sympathies and condolences to the people of the Philippines following the devastation and loss of life caused by Typhoon Mangkhut. UK ready to support the Philippines in its relief effort and thinking of all those affected.

 

Matthew Rycroft, permanent secretary of the UK’s Department for International Development, tweeted a similar message on Monday, September 17:

 

The British embassy in the Philippines also said on Monday:

We offer our assistance to the Philippine government in response to Typhoon Ompong, and are actively assessing needs in cooperation with DFA and OCD, and international partners.

Canada

Global Affairs Canada issued the following statement on Sunday, September 16:

Our thoughts are with the many people affected by Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which is causing significant devastation in the Philippines and is now hitting Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland southern China. Canada offers its sincerest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives, and we hope for a swift recovery for those injured.

Canada stands ready to assist as appropriate to help areas affected by the super typhoon.

China

The Chinese embassy in the Philippines emailed the following statement on Tuesday, September 18:

Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 17 extended condolences to his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte over Typhoon Mangkhut that has hit the Philippines, killing some 65 people.

In his message to Duterte, Xi said the typhoon has caused severe casualties and loss of properties in the Philippines. On behalf of the Chinese government and people, and in his own name, Xi mourned the victims and expressed sympathy to those injured, the bereaved families, and the people in the affected area.

Xi said that China and the Philippines are friendly neighbors, and the Chinese people shared the sadness of the Philippine people over their sufferings, and are willing to help as much as possible.

Xi added that he believed that under the leadership of President Duterte and the Philippine government, the Philippine people will quickly overcome the disaster and rebuild their homeland.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang made the following remarks on Sunday, September 16:

We have been closely following the development of Super Typhoon Mangkhut. We express our deep condolences to the impact, the casualties, and property loss the Philippines has sustained. We believe that under the leadership of President Duterte and the Philippine government, people in the affected regions of the Philippines will properly deal with this disaster, minimize life and properly loss, and restore normal life at an early date. China will help the Philippines within its capacity as soon as possible.

Australia

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne released this statement on Sunday, September 16:

Australia is supporting the Philippines in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Mangkhut. Mangkhut has brought torrential rain and damaging winds to the north of the main island of Luzon, affecting over 5 million people.

Australia is providing $800,000 of humanitarian supplies for the emergency response. This includes sleeping mats, blankets, hygiene and shelter kits for up to 25,000 people in the most affected areas. These supplies are being distributed by the Philippine Red Cross.

Australia has humanitarian experts deployed to the Philippines, including a disaster risk reduction specialist from the Australia Assists program. Our Embassy is coordinating closely with Philippine authorities and our international partners.

Australians in the region should monitor local media and follow advice from local authorities. We stand ready to provide further assistance, if requested by the Philippine government.

United States

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim tweeted the following message on Saturday, September 15:

Our thoughts are with those affected by Typhoon Ompong. The US, as a friend, partner, and ally of the Philippines, stands ready to assist.

 

Click this link for a separate list of countries that have extended foreign aid to the Philippines.


by Paterno Esmaquel II | Rappler.com