Under the directive of His Highness The Amir, the government of Qatar sent relief items to the victim of Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco). The typhoon hit the country in late November, but some provinces are still affected and in need of assistance.
Qatar Red Crescent coordinated with the Philippine Red Cross to send aid to the Philippines. The relief goods are worth about Php 12-M and were delivered to the country on December 4.
Donations for Typhoon Victims
According to the Qatar News Agency (QNA), the Qatari government gave medical assistance and other relief items to help the typhoon victims. This assistance is through the goodwill of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
In their Twitter account, QNA posts this news:
— Qatar News Agency (@QNAEnglish) December 3, 2020
As reported by the Philippine News Agency (PNA), Qatar Red Crescent Society tapped the Philippine Red Cross to transport the assistance to the Philippines. The goods arrived on December 4 aboard the Qatari Emiri Air Force C-17. The agencies used an “air bridge” to bring the relief items to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The relief aid is composed of medical items, food, and non-food items. There are also water and sanitation units, tents, generators, rescue boats, inflatable boats, thermal blankets, and shelter tool kits. The aid is worth about Php 12 M. Distribution of the goods will be coursed through the Philippine Red Cross.
These donations are given to the Filipinos that were affected by Typhoon Ulysses. Even if the typhoon hit the Philippines in November, the effect can still be felt several weeks after. There is floodwater in houses that have not subsided after several days, especially in Rizal and Cagayan provinces.
The Qatar Embassy in Manila said that these items aim to bring relief to the Filipinos, according to PNA. Abdelmonaim Mhindate, head of the Qatar Red Crescent Mission, told PNA that there is a very long and historic diplomatic relationship between the two countries. The QRCS also supports the Philippine Red Cross because of their longstanding cooperation.
Typhoons in the Philippines
There are about 8 to 9 typhoons that hit the Philippines every year, according to PAG-ASA. Some of the strongest typhoons that hit the country are Yolanda (Haiyan), Rolly (Goni), and Ferdie (Meranti).
Most of the typhoon land in Eastern Visayas, Bicol region, and northern Luzon. The typhoon season is usually from June to November.
The QRCS is a charitable organization that helps individuals to be empowered. Its principal mandate is to provide a wide range of relief and development services. It participates in local and international relief projects, such as sending assistance to distressed countries.
Its local counterpart is the Philippine Red Cross. It is a humanitarian organization and is committed to providing life-saving services for the improvement of the lives of Filipinos. The organization has responded to emergencies and disasters, as well as assisting in rehabilitation projects. It also maintains a blood bank to help patients who are in need of such
In previous natural disasters, the state of Qatar has also sent assistance to the Philippines.