Philippines donates $250,000 to U.S. for storm relief

The Philippines has given financial aid to the U.S. as the East Coast struggles to recover from damage brought by superstorm "Sandy".

The Philippines has given financial aid to the U.S. as the East Coast struggles to recover from damage brought by superstorm "Sandy".

 

Pia Lee-Brago of the Philippine Star reports the Philippines has donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.

 

U.S. Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. has already acknowledged the donation on his Twitter account. "Thank you Gov. of the Philippines who will donate $250 K to the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. True partners and friends!," the Philippine Star report quotes him saying.

 

Hurricane Sandy has left at least 55 dead across eight U.S. states and has caused billions in damage.

 

It is not yet clear how many Filipinos in the U.S. were affected by the storm, but the Philippine Star reports "some Filipinos were evacuated in Atlantic City, Jersey City, New Milford and other areas in New Jersey as well as in City Island and Staten Island in New York due to floodwaters."

 

Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. has reminded Filipinos in the U.S. East Coast to stay indoors until authorities say it is safe to go out.

 

For more on this story, log on to Philstar.com

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