The Hungarian government announced that it will be sending HUF 20 million (EUR 54,000) to the Philippines for assistance to the provinces affected by Typhoon Odette.
“Many were killed and villages destroyed in the ‘brutal’ natural disaster, while tens of thousands of people lost their homes,” a statement from the Hungarian government said.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó cited the large number of people killed and villages destroyed in the “brutal” natural disaster and the tens of thousands of people who lost their homes that prompted the government to send help.
“Also many localities were cut off from the electricity grid,” he added.
Hungary is sending HUF 5 million to Caritas Internationalis, the Philippines branch of the charity.
Szijjártó said this will be used “to fund food packages for families in hardship, and 15 million to the Catholic Archdiocese on the island of Cebu to restore churches hit by the typhoon”.
Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced via Twitter that his government will be sending assistance to the typhoon-stricken areas.
“My heart goes out to the people of the Philippines, whose lives have been forever changed by last week’s super typhoon, ” Trudeau said.
“Canadians are sending our deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones – and we’ll keep everyone affected in our thoughts during this challenging time,” he added.
Trudeau said his country will be sending financial help, “including through the Red Cross, which will help address immediate needs on the ground, such as water and sanitation”.
“In the days and weeks ahead, we’ll continue to help those who need it most,” the Canadian leader said.
Also, Harjit Sajjan, Minister of International Development of Canada, said on a Facebook post the assistance that his country will be sending to the Philippines.
“Canada will always do our part to help in times of need. After a devastating typhoon, @CanadaDev will help our friends in the Philippines with up to $3M in assistance, including $500,000 for the urgent Red Cross response,” he said. —/mbmf