Foreign gov’ts to assist areas mauled by ‘Odette’

Photo courtesy of PNA/John Rey Saavedra

The European Union, United Kingdom, Canada and China have reportedly expressed their readiness to assist Filipinos whose communities were mauled and heavily devastated by Typhoon Odette in the Visayas and Mindanao.

UK envoy to Manila, Ambassador Laure Beaufils said their embassy is closely monitoring the situation and “stands ready to assist.”

“The United Kingdom stands in solidarity with all those affected by Typhoon Odette in the Philippines and we extend our deepest condolences in particular to those who have lost loved ones,” she said.

Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian said Beijing is also willing to offer assistance to help the affected families stay afloat “in the spirit of Bayanihan.”

“Saddened to learn that Typhoon Odette has devastated and caused severe damages to families in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. We stand in solidarity with affected Filipino families in facing this challenge,” he said.

Canadian Ambassador Peter MacArthur said their embassy is in contact with its Philippine partners. “Canada stands with those affected by Typhoon Odette. We are in contact with our Philippines partners and are ready to assist. Conveying our sympathies to those injured and who may have lost family members, homes, and livelihoods,” he said in a tweet.

The EU Delegation in Manila, meanwhile, extended its condolences to the families of the deceased. “The EU stands in solidarity with the government and Filipinos affected by ‘Odette’, especially the Visayas and Mindanao. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased,” it said.

“EU ECHO (European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations) is monitoring the situation. As in the past, we stand ready to assist,” it added.

“Odette” has decelerated while moving west-northwestward towards the Kalayaan Islands but left severe damage across the Visayas region and several provinces in Mindanao.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council  (NDRRMC) said Friday Odette displaced 11,859 families or 41,434 individuals in 249 barangays in Bicol, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga regions.

Japanese Ambassador Kazuhiko Koshikawa, meanwhile, lauded the “brave first responders” of the ongoing disaster relief and recovery operations in the area. The Irish Embassy in Manila also sent its sympathy messages for the affected families.

“The Embassy of Ireland has been shocked by the level of devastation to date caused by Typhoon Odette. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families of those who tragically lost  lives, and with all the people affected by this disaster,” it said.

Australian Ambassador Steven Robinson likewise extended his condolences to those impacted by “Odette” and said they have “pre-positioned emergency supplies with the Philippine Red Cross, and are continuing to work with the Philippines on further options to help.”