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The Australian government is providing A$7.3 million (Php307 million) for the victims of Typhoon Pablo which mostly affected Visayas and Mindanao earlier this month. “The devastation caused by Typhoon Pablo is enormous and Australia will continue to assist the Philippine Government’s well-coordinated efforts to address this crisis,” said Australian Embassy Charge d’ Affaires Andrew Byrne. On December 4, Typhoon Pablo made landfall in Davao Oriental leaving more than a thousand dead and over 800 missing in the span of one week. Aside from the cash assistance, Australia will also be providing basic necessities like food, drinking water, and temporary shelter to the thousands affected by the typhoon. They will also give counseling programs to traumatized children especially in the hardest hit areas, according to a news release of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines. Byrne mentioned that women, children and the elderly, especially those with disabilities, are considered to be the vulnerable groups and would be given top priority. Four parts Australia's A$7.3-million assistance is divided into four parts:
- A$3 million (P126 million) for basic necessities like food and shelter as its response to the United Nations appeal for help for the Philippines;
- A$2 million (P84 million) for prepositioned emergency food and health supplies for the hardest hit areas;
- A$2 million (P84 million) alloted for clean drinking water for 25,000 people, shelter for 3,500 families and comfortable living spaces for 3,000 children, and
- A$300,000 (P12.6 million) to non-government organizations working in Mindanao to assist specific emergency relief needs of persons with disabilities.