France pays 2 million euros for Odette’s PH relief

Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) is wreaking havoc in the province of Palawan. (File) Photo by Jenny Macatiag

MANILA, Philippines – France is providing aid worth € 2 million (about P $ 115.4 million) to help with relief efforts following the Typhoon Odette attack in the Philippines.

“France is on the side of the Filipino people,” the French embassy in the Philippines said in a statement on Friday.

The embassy indicated that the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, through its Crisis and Support Center (CDCS), is mobilizing 1 million euros in emergency aid to support the actions undertaken by the French non-governmental humanitarian aid agency for technical cooperation and development and the French Red Cross, with the Philippine Red Cross.

The aid includes the distribution of several thousand family and hygiene kits, as well as materials for the emergency rehabilitation of destroyed or damaged houses in the provinces of Surigao Del Norte, Palawan and Bohol.

The French government, in response to the United Nations appeal, is also allocating 1 million euros to the World Food Program and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

More than 4.2 million people or 1.08 million families were displaced by Typhoon Odette, which devastated parts of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao almost two weeks ago.

More than 560,000 people remain displaced and are staying in 1,201 evacuation centers.

At least 397 were reported dead from the typhoon, according to the National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.


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