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China ready to come to PH’s aid
THE Chinese Embassy in Manila yesterday said it is ready to extend assistance to the Philippines after Severe Tropical Storm Paeng (international name: Nalgae) made landfall in the Philippines, heavily affecting the province of Mindanao and causing floods and landslides that killed more than 70 people.
In a post on his official Facebook account, Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian said, “Hangad ko ang kaligtasan ng lahat. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and all communities affected by the onslaught of typhoon Paeng. We in the Chinese embassy are ready to extend our support and coordinate with the Philippine government to respond to this tragedy.”
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said it is validating reports that 72 people have died – two in Western Visayas, three in Soccsksargen and 67 at the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
There are 49,767 families or 184,161 individuals affected by the typhoon in Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Davao, Soccsksargen, Caraga and BARMM, the NDRRMC said.
Some 113 evacuation centers have been activated to provide shelter to affected families and individuals.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Paeng intensified from a tropical storm into severe tropical storm early Saturday.