US sends aid to PH after deadly typhoon

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10:33 AM December 6th, 2012

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December 6th, 2012 10:33 AM

This picture taken on December 5, 2012 shows a Red Cross volunteer (C, bottom) giving first aid to a seated rescued soldier (L) in the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha in New Bataan, Compostela Valley in the southern Philippines on December 5, 2012. At least 325 people were killed and hundreds remain missing in the Philippines following the deadliest typhoon to hit the country this year, the civil defence chief said on December 6. AFP/Karlos Manlupig

WASHINGTON — The United States offered disaster relief and sent condolences Wednesday to the Philippines and Palau in the wake of Typhoon Bopha, which left hundreds dead.

At least 325 people were killed and hundreds remain missing in the Philippines following the deadliest typhoon to hit the country this year, the Philippines civil defence chief said in Manila.

“The United States offers condolences for the destruction and loss of life in the southern Philippines and the widespread damage to populated areas in Palau caused by Typhoon Bopha,” deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.

“Our embassies in Manila and Koror have offered immediate disaster relief assistance, and we are working closely with authorities in both countries to offer additional assistance as needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy.”

Philippines civil defense chief Benito Ramos warned that the toll was expected to rise because hundreds of people are still missing.

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