MANILA, Philippines ? Germany has given ?500,000 (about $731,000 or P35 million) in emergency humanitarian aid to victims of tropical storm Ondoy, the German embassy here said Wednesday.
In a letter dated September 29, a copy of which was sent to media outfits, German President Horst Köhler wrote President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to express his condolences.
?I was deeply shocked to learn of the natural disaster that struck Manila and Central Luzon over the weekend. I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to you, also on behalf of my fellow Germans. Please convey our condolences to the families of the victims. Our thoughts are with them in these difficult times,? Köhler said.
?Our thoughts are also with the rescue workers and with those who lost everything they owned in the storm. Germany is prepared to provide humanitarian aid in order to help the people affected by the disaster return to a normal life as quickly as possible,? he added.
German Ambassador to the Philippines Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch said the funds will be placed at the disposal of German Humanitarian Aid Organizations Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross) and other German relief agencies, which will cooperate closely with their counterparts in the Philippines so that the help will reach the victims ?immediately and directly.?
He said the aid is to provide urgently needed food and sanitary products for the victims of the disaster.
?The Federal Government of Germany with this measure wishes to contribute to the overall effort to relieve the distress of the victims of Ondoy,? the ambassador said.