Additional €1.6m Irish aid on way to victims
THE government has pledged a further €1.6m in funding to support the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
It is estimated that 13 million people have been left homeless and hungry by the natural disaster in the Philippines, and the Government has now pledged over €3m in funding through Irish Aid – the Government's overseas development programme.
Joe Costello, the Trade Minister, said that although Ireland acted quickly, it has become "all too apparent that further assistance is required", and described the situation on the Pacific island as "critical".
He announced the additional funding yesterday afternoon.
The €3.1m donated from Ireland has provided assistance to "trusted NGOs" who are on the ground in the Philippines.
Plan Ireland is one of these NGOs, and they received an additional €600,000 from Irish Aid.
Two humanitarian experts from the Irish Rapid Response Corps have also been deployed to the disaster area.
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