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Jersey Overseas Aid response to Typhoon Haiyan

12 November 2013

The Jersey Overseas Aid Commission has today [Tuesday 12 November] awarded £150,000 to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Funding will be equally distributed between the British Red Cross, Unicef and Oxfam, and will provide water, food, emergency shelter and medicines to the most vulnerable victims of the typhoon, which struck the Philippines on 8 November.

Additional funding

The additional funding comes one month after the Commission awarded £90,000 for immediate relief following Typhoon Nari, which struck the islands on the 12 October, and the Bohol earthquake which had a magnitude of 7.2, affecting an estimated 2.8 million people. The Commission has been assured that this funding has still been allocated for its intended purpose.

Senator Paul Routier, Chairman of the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, said "The commission has been in consultation with its agencies since Typhoon Haiyan struck last Friday in order to establish the swiftest method of providing aid to the area. It was key that the Commission awarded funding to agencies which already had an established presence on the islands as it ensures that they are able to mobilise immediately reaching out to those in the most affected areas."

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