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10/31/2013 (11 months ago)

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218 people killed; 790 were injured in the deadly temblor

The nation of the Philippines is continuing to pull itself together after a devastating earthquake. The international community is coming to its aid, with the European Union sending humanitarian assistance.

The European Union announced that it is setting aside $3.4 million in humanitarian assistance to some of the 350,000 people that have been displaced by the disaster.

The European Union announced that it is setting aside $3.4 million in humanitarian assistance to some of the 350,000 people that have been displaced by the disaster.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/31/2013 (11 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Philippines, earthquake, international aid, Japan, European Union


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The central Philippine province of Bohol was ravaged by an earthquake on October 15. Those who managed to survive have lost their homes along with their livelihoods. It's estimated that 218 lost their lives on account of the quake; another 790 people were injured.  

The European Union announced that it is setting aside $3.4 million in humanitarian assistance to some of the 350,000 people that have been displaced by the disaster.

"We have seen the destruction and suffering caused by the powerful earthquake," union ambassador Guy Ledoux said in a statement. "We stand by the people of the Philippines in this hour of need and this E.U. assistance reaffirms our commitment to immediately respond to the needs of the families affected by the disaster."

Funds will deliver emergency relief in the sectors of shelter, water and sanitation, primary health care and the management of evacuations sites.

Humanitarian aid experts says that most of the houses in the towns of Calape, Maribojoc and Loon collapsed. Access to services is difficult to nearly impossible. Primary health care and potable water supplies have also been limited due to broken water pipes.

Adding to international efforts, Japan also extended $385,000 in emergency relief goods to Filipinos affected by the 7.2 magnitude quake. Tents and plastic sheets, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency have been provided, according to the Japanese embassy in Manila.

"In the face of these serious damages and in light of strong bonds existing between Japan and the Philippines as strategic partners, the government of Japan made this decision to extend emergency assistance for humanitarian aid for those affected," the embassy said.

Executive director of the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples, Marlea Muñez says providing funds for relief operations "will never be enough," especially for tribal communities affected by the disaster.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says that some 3.2 million people were affected, while around 350,000 people have been displaced, with 80 percent living in makeshift shelters outside their homes and in open public places.

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