Vienna, 12 November 2013 – Typhoon Haiyan has robbed millions of people on the Philippines of their livelihoods. According to first estimates more than 23,000 houses have been damaged or completely destroyed. Some 800,000 people fled from the typhoon, many of them have lost everything. The death toll is expected to reach 10,000 and providing help to the survivors is a serious challenge. The local infrastructure has broken down completely in many places; airports have been destroyed, ports damaged and roads buried by debris. Remote villages are still cut off from the outside world. In the affected areas there is no power supply or communication.
"It goes without saying that Austria supports the humanitarian efforts of the international community of states in such a critical situation", Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said in a clear demonstration of Austria's solidarity with the victims. Immediate aid of 500,000 euros from the Austrian Foreign Disaster Relief Fund has been donated to the International Federation of the Societies of the Red Cross and Red Crescent that provides emergency care for disaster victims together with the local Red Cross. The Philippines is in dire straits – food, water and emergency shelter are needed now for the many thousands of people who have lost their homes in the typhoon.
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