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Mon, 11 Nov, 2013 12:03:13 AM
President Niinistö expresses condolence for typhoon victims
Finn Organisations to send aids to affected Philippines victims
FTimes-STT Report, November 11
About a dozen Finnish nationals went missing after the typhoon hit, the foreign ministry sources said, adding that efforts have already been taken to assist the consulate in Manila to find out the missing and assist the victims.
About 50 out of total 250 Finnish expatriates in Philippines were believed to be living in the worst storm hit areas of the country, said sources.
Meanwhile, different organisations of the country were collecting aid and granting funds for the typhoon affected people in Philippines.
Finn Church Aid has already granted EUR 100,000 to help the victims of the disaster and the funds would be sent immediately to arrange food, pure drinking water, hygiene kits, blankets, etc for the affected people.
President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö. Photo - AFP / Lehtikuva
The aid will be distributed among the victims in cooperation with the local partners in the affected areas, Church sources said.
The Finnish Red Cross Society also decided to allocate EUR 250,000 to the relief fund for the typhoon affected people.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also allocated EUR one million for the affected people in Philippines.
President Sauli Niinistö expressed profound shock at the massive human casualties and losses of property caused by the typhoon in Philippines.
The president in a condolence message sent to Philippines President Benigno Aquino assured of providing all possible support to the country.
An estimated 2.5 million people are in need of immediate relief in the disaster-hit parts of Central Philippines. The disaster affected about 13 million people in the country.
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