Manila: The Philippines government on Wednesday received emergency relief items donated by Japan for victims of the destructive typhoon that lashed the country last week and killed more than 700 people.
     
Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman received the donation worth 45 million yen, which includes 300 tents, 3,000 polyester tanks, 3,000 sleeping pads, and 200 plastic sheets, Kyodo news reported.
     
Akio Isomata, Minister for Economic Affairs at Japan's embassy in Manila, turned over the goods on behalf of the Japanese government.
     
"I would like to acknowledge and thank the quick response of the Japanese government. These will really be a big help, especially the plastic sheets and tents because we have all seen the houses without roofs," Soliman said.
     
The goods will be delivered to victims in Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Agusan and Surigao provinces on Mindanao Island.
     
Japan is among several countries and institutions sending aid to the Philippines to alleviate the massive damage left by Typhoon Bopha, which first struck the country a week ago.
     
The United Nations has appealed for USD 65 million in immediate lifesaving aid and support for the recovery of those affected by the typhoon.
     
According to the latest report of the national disaster agency, the death toll from Bopha has risen to 740 and 890 people remain unaccounted for.
     
Of the more than 5.4 million affected people in 30 provinces, more than 100,000 are in 113 evacuation centers.
    
The typhoon destroyed more than 133,000 houses and damaged USD 352 million worth of infrastructure, agriculture and other private property.

(Agencies)

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