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Chief Minister expresses sympathy in wake of Philippines tragedy

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Chief Minister Allan Bell MHK has passed on the Isle of Man’s ‘sincere sympathy’ to the people of the Philippines following Saturday’s devastating tropical storm.

Typhoon Washi struck the southern Mindanao island and surrounding areas, sparking flash floods which killed hundreds of people and left thousands more homeless. Philippines President Benigno Aquino has declared a national calamity and disaster relief agencies are currently attempting to provide food, water and medicine to the survivors.

In the wake of the tragedy, the Chief Minister has written to His Excellency Enrique A. Manalo, the Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom, to offer the Isle of Man’s condolences and support.

Mr Bell writes:

‘On behalf of the Isle of Man I wish to express our sincere sympathy to you and the people of the Philippines for the tragic loss of life and destruction that has resulted from the recent flooding in your country. The Isle of Man is home to a number of people from the Philippines, including some from the Mindanao region which I understand has been particularly affected by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.’

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