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Ireland is to send €3 million more aid to the Philippines

The Government has also committed to long-term relief efforts.

Typhoon survivors rebuild their homes as they recover from Typhoon Haiyan.
Typhoon survivors rebuild their homes as they recover from Typhoon Haiyan.
Image: AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

THE GOVERNMENT IS to send an additional €3 million of aid to the Philippines to help with the rebuilding of the country following Typhoon Haiyan.

The extra assistance brings to Ireland’s total contribution to the typhoon response to more than €7 million.

The additional aid was announced by Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello during a visit to the affected Tacloban region yesterday and will support local efforts to build shelters and re-establish people’s livelihoods.

The assistance is being provided through the Government’s overseas development programme Irish Aide and

Over €2.6 million of Irish funding has been provided through NGO partners with Ireland directly providing 166 tonnes of relief items including shelter, water and hygiene supplies.

Minister Costello said upon his visit that he was “shocked by the scale of destruction” adding that Ireland is committed to long-term relief efforts in the Philippines:

“This funding underlines Ireland’s continuing commitment to supporting the Philippines government and the communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Ireland is committed to supporting the Philippines over the longer term, particularly as international attention has shifted elsewhere.”

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