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UK to help typhoon, flood victims in Philippines, Vietnam – official

The United Kingdom will contribute one million pounds (1.3 million dollars) to help victims of the powerful typhoon that struck the Philippines on Sunday and those affected by devastating flooding in Vietnam, an official said.

The UK Minister of State for Asia, Nigel Adams said this in a statement on Tuesday in London.

“Today’s one million pounds UK aid package will help to deliver life-saving food, clean water and safe shelter to those who need it most.

“These will help both the Philippines and Vietnam recover from such destructive natural disasters,” the government official said.

The powerful Category 5 typhoon Goni struck the Philippines on Sunday and has resulted in the loss of life and many people to have been reported missing, and has affected more than two million people across 12 regions.

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Vietnam has also recently been hit by four typhoons, resulting in significant flooding, landslides and damage to infrastructure, leaving more than 1.3 million people severely affected and nearly 300,000 houses submerged.

The UK financial aid will go to the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), through the British Red Cross Society, to local Red Cross partners and help provide shelter, clean water, food and support the livelihoods of around 160,000 people in Vietnam and 80,000 in the Philippines.

According to the statement, the IFRC has inaugurated separate emergency appeals for both countries to scale up the Red Cross’ response.

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