US offers immediate aid to typhoon Bopha-hit Philippines, Palau

Fourth Estate Cooperative Staff

Washington, United States (4E) – In the wake of Typhoon Bopha, which hit the Philippines and Palau, killing more than 300 people and leaving thousands homeless, the United States on Wednesday sent condolences and offered disaster relief assistance to the countries.

In a regular briefing, Deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, “The United States offers condolences for the destruction and loss of life in the southern Philippines and the widespread damage to populated areas in Palau caused by Typhoon Bopha.”

Toner said that disaster relief assistance worth $100,000 has been offered to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines through U.S.’ embassies in Manila. He added that embassy officials are closely working with the concerned authorities.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy,” he added. Philippines Civil Defence Chief Benito Ramos fears rise in death toll since hundreds of people are still missing.

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