Typhoon Damage in Mindanao, the Philippines (Message of Sympathy from Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba)

December 18, 2011
Japanese

  1. Tropical Storm Washi (Philippine name: Sendong) cut across Mindanao in southern Philippines on December 16 to 17, triggering a series of flash floods, landslides, and flooding and resulting in massive damage, including many casualties, injured, and displaced.

  2. In response to this situation, on Sunday, December 18, Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba sent a message to Mr. Albert del Rosario, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, expressing his condolences and sympathy for the loss of many lives and for the many people affected as a result of this disaster and stating that Japan will extend any necessary assistance.

[Notes] Extent of devastation of Tropical Storm Washi in the Philippines
The extent of the damage as of noon, December 18, is as follows
(Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council release):

-- Casualties: 332 people (497 people according to the release of the Philippine National Red Cross [PNRC])
-- Missing: 281 people (162 people according to the release of the Philippine National Red Cross [PNRC])
-- Affected: 108,130 people
-- Displaced: 34,911 people

No information on human or material damage relating to Japanese people has been received.

    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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