Following yesterday’s dispatch of an emergency medical team to the Philippines in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan, the Japanese government has pledged a donation of $10 million in aid to go towards helping the victims. Japan’s Foreign Ministry committed to the financial assistance on Tuesday, after more and more reports following the weekend revealed that many victims in the Philippines’ central region are still unable to get access to the most basic of supplies, including food, clean water, and emergency shelters.
With the death-toll following Friday’s tremendous storm already over 1,770, and predicted to rise to nearly 10,000, the Philippine government has stated that 7 million people have been affected, with 600,000 left displaced. Images from the region have shown bridges and roads unusable due to the amounts of debris, along with homes having been entirely destroyed and large buildings left without roofs. While the Japanese emergency medical team has already departed, Tokyo added that it is sending 40 personnel from the country’s Self-Defense Forces to take part in clean-up and restoration work as soon as possible.
Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary, also stated at a press conference that there are 133 Japanese nationals known to be living on the hard-hit islands of Leyte and Samal, most with Filipino spouses. Tokyo has only been able to confirm the safety of 27 people, while the Foreign Ministry continues work to make contact with others.