October 17, 2009
Meanwhile, the United Nations has loaned two helicopters to help the Philippine government in rescue operations and the distribution of relief goods.
Barry Came, UN World Food Program public information officer, said the Philippine government had asked for the helicopters.
On Oct. 3, Australia announced a further A$2 million (P80 million) on top of the A$1 million pledged earlier to feed thousands of people affected by the two typhoons.
It will be delivered through the World Food Program (WFP) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Australian technical experts are also working on the ground providing logistical and communication support to the response and relief efforts of the Philippine government and UN partners.
Several Australian NGOs are also actively involved in relief efforts with expected total contribution valued at $5 million.
The Finnish Red Cross also send relief shipment to the Philippines including some 4,000 mosquito nets, 4,000 buckets and 2,300 water canisters which was loaded onto a Manila-bound Emirates cargo airplane in Tampere on Thursday.
The Finnish Red Cross purchased the supplies with money donated to its catastrophe fund. The agency has to date donated 50,000 euros to the Philippines, bringing the total value of Finnish Red Cross aid up to 100,000 euros.