Ireland sends a further 47 tonnes of emergency supplies to the Philippines – Minister Costello20/11/13
Irish Aid has dispatched a further 47 tonnes of life-saving supplies to the Philippines. More than ten tonnes of urgent materials needed to provide clean water and protect victims against disease arrived in the Philippines yesterday from a United Nations depot in Dubai, which stores Irish Aid humanitarian stocks. Some 37 tonnes of Irish stocks were dispatched this morning from the UN’s depot in Brindisi, Italy. Amongst the €300,000 worth of stocks, which will be distributed by GOAL and Oxfam, are:
- 5,800 mosquito nets
- 8,000 jerry cans
- 500 latrines
- 37 water tanks
- 3,000 tents
- 200 blankets
- 5,000 bars of soap
In total 150 tonnes of materials have been airlifted by Irish Aid to the region. Ireland’s total contribution to the Typhoon Haiyan relief effort currently stands at €3.5 million.
Announcing the airlifts, Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., said:
“The additional airlifts are the latest in a series of steps I have authorised to scale up our support to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and ensure that life-saving supplies are reaching families in the disaster zone. These supplies will provide shelter, protection against disease and clean water to thousands of families.”
Three additional members of Ireland’s Rapid Response will also be deployed to assist the work of UN agencies involved in the relief effort. An electrical engineer will depart tomorrow to work with the World Food Programme and will be joined by a second electrical engineer in the coming days. A civil-military coordination officer will also deploy to the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs in the Philippines. This brings to five the number of Rapid Response Corps members now assisting in the relief effort in the Philippines.