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NSW Premier O’Farrell Pledges $0.5 Million Help forTyphoon Haiyan Victims in PH

NSW Premier Barrie OFarrell guest at Philippine Independence Day celebration
NSW Premier Barrie OFarrell guest during Philippine Independence Day celebration last June

Nov 12 – NSW Premier Barrie O’Farrell has today pledged $500,000 in humanitarian assistance on behalf of NSW Government to the Philippines in the wake of typhoon Haiyan.

Mr O’Farrell said the funding wuld be made vailable to help provide immediate relief to the victims of the disaster.

“We are witnessing  tragedy of epic poportions unfolding in the Philippines and the NSW government is ready to do what it can to assist in the emergency relief effort.”

“Our thoughts are with those in the region left devastated by the typhoon, including the many  Filipino-Australians who have lost loved ones or may not yet know their fate.”

“A major emergency response is now underway with the Philippine   government and humanitarian aid agencies scrambling to provide food, water and supplies to hundreds of thousands of people impacted by the storm.

“The NSW Government has joined the Australian government and international community to hep the Philippine government provide immediate humanitarian assistance.:

The Department of Foreign Affairs is advising anyone concerned for the welfare of family and friends  in the region to first attempt to contact them directly.

If those attempts are unsuccessful, DFAT is urging people to contact 24=hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 or +612 6261 3305.NSW Premier Barrie OFarrell guest at Philippine Independence Day celebration