Welcome

Aid supplies from Germany heading for the Philippines Philippines

Human Rights Commissioner Löning at Berlin Schönefeld airport while aid supplies are loaded

Human Rights Commissioner Löning at Berlin Schönefeld airport while aid supplies are loaded, © Photothek/Michael Gottschalk

13.11.2013 - Article

A flight arranged by the Federal Agency for Technical Relief and the German Red Cross took off from Berlin today to deliver 70 tons of aid to the Philippines.

A flight arranged by the Federal Agency for Technical Relief and the German Red Cross took off from Berlin today to deliver 70 tons of aid to the Philippines. The flight was made possible by emergency humanitarian assistance with Federal Foreign Office funding. The emergency aid is being brought directly to Cebu, one of the badly affected regions.

Markus Löning, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, was at Schönefeld airport to see the goods loaded and the plane sent on its way. He thanked the Red Cross and the Federal Agency for Technical Relief for their well‑practised teamwork and the speed with which the delivery, which comprises water purification units, tents, cooking sets and hygiene items, had been put together.

“The most important things now are the basic essentials for survival – drinking water and a roof over your head,” Löning underlined. He went on to say that the disaster was estimated to have affected up to 10 million people and that more help would be forthcoming. “We will undoubtedly be increasing our assistance further in the coming days,” he said prior to take‑off. The flight is headed directly for Cebu, one of the affected regions.

He pointed out, however, that relief agencies on the ground would be assessing the situation before additional help could be provided, and that they would then coordinate and organise that help. “We need to try and gain a clear picture of the situation first, while at the same time starting to get the absolute essentials to where they are needed,” he concluded.

More on Germany’s assistance to the typhoon victims

Related content