€400,000 emergency aid for the Philippines
(CS) Luxembourg has unblocked 400,000 euros in emergency funds for the Philippines, where typhoon Haiyan has killed more than 10,000 people and destroyed large parts of the islands.
The Grand Duchy joins emergency efforts across Europe to deliver first aid to the stricken nation. Germany on Sunday also announced that it will contribute 500,000 euros in emergency funds, only a first step until more money can be made available.
First emergency goods have started arriving in the Philippines; however, the situation on the ground is described as chaotic, with airports and roads destroyed.
Four members of Luxembourg's “Protection Civile” have in the meantime arrived in the Philippines to help install two emergency.lu telecommunications booths, which should be operational by Tuesday.
The volunteers are part of the International Humanitarian Partnership and were brought to the island nation by Luxembourg Air Rescue.
A volunteer of the Luxembourg branch of Handicap International is also on site.
Around 4.3 million people are thought to be in need of aid.
The typhoon continued its path to Vietnam over the weekend, where it has, however, caused less damage.