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Philippines typhoon – a million euro in aid from Italy

Italy has pledged one million euro in aid to the Philippines for the typhoon Haiyan emergency, which has left at least 10,000 dead. The announcement came from Deputy Minister with the remit for international cooperation Lapo Pistelli, who explained that “in the coming hours one million euro in emergency supplies for transport, food, medicines and equipment needs will be sent out to the agencies dealing with the emergency”.

Minister Emma Bonino specified that this sum was for the immediate present, adding that “it would be great if what took place after the southeast Asian tsunami were to happen again: that 50 million euro donated by the Italian people through telephone text messages were well spent, go to Sri Lanka and see for yourselves”.

Humanitarian aid leaving from Dubai

The Italian Cooperation is participating in a humanitarian flight leaving out of Dubai with goods (tents, blankets, water bottles and purifiers) for a value of approximately €350,000, has expressed willingness to make an additional contribution of €300,000 in support of the WFP emergency food assistance plan that the Philippine government has accepted, and, finally, will make additional €350,000 contribution to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation.