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China extends more aid to Ph typhoon victims


On Wednesday, China offered $1 million in cash and another 4,725 tons of rice to the victims of Typhoon Rai in the Philippines.

At the handover ceremony of the rice, the last batch of the 10,000 tons that China donated to the Philippines, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian announced the assistance.

The emergency cash assistance is intended to support the Philippine government’s and people’s relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the devastating typhoon, Huang said, adding that he hopes the new batch of rice will aid the Philippines’ humanitarian relief efforts in typhoon-affected areas.

The Chinese embassy in Manila distributed 20,000 food packages containing rice, canned food, and noodle packs on Tuesday. The relief supplies had arrived in typhoon-affected areas such as Cebu, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro City, and Surigao City, among others, according to Huang.

“To the best of its ability,” Huang said, China will continue to support the Philippines’ relief and recovery efforts.

“China and the Philippines are close and friendly neighbors who always help and support each other through trying times,” the ambassador said.

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines declared a state of calamity in several regions on Tuesday night to expedite relief efforts for Typhoon Rai victims.

On Wednesday, Philippine Social Welfare Director Emmanuel Privado accepted the donated rice from China and expressed gratitude to the Chinese government.

Privado said the Chinese donations come at a good time because his government is in the middle of distributing relief supplies to typhoon victims.

“We express our heartfelt gratitude to the people of China for these donations. This is so timely. The typhoon victims will benefit from these,” he said.

Typhoon Rai wreaked havoc on the Philippines last week, affecting over 1.3 million people and killing at least 375 people in the central and southern Philippines, as well as parts of the main Luzon island.

China offers more assistance to Philippine typhoon victims|PTV

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