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$100,000 aid for Philippines

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THE province pledged $100,000 on Tuesday towards the relief efforts in the Philippines.

The money will be administered by the Manitoba Council for International Co-operation and be used for immediate aid. The country and its capital city Manila are still reeling from one of its worst ever tropical storms.

"Manitoba has been built by many of you and it's important for us to rebuild your community in this time of need," Doer said.

MCIC president Susan Roe-Finlay said donations are also being accepted by the Red Cross, CUSO and Plan International Canada, Hope International and various churches supplying aid, such as clean water and shelter, in the country now.

There are about 47,000 Filipinos living in Manitoba, said Edda Pangilinan, Philippine Honorary Consul in Manitoba.

In the Philippines on Tuesday, the death toll rose to 246 from water that inundated the homes of nearly 2 million people.

Tropical Storm Ketsana brought the worst flooding to the Southeast Asian country in four decades, chasing some victims to their rooftops to escape the rising water and sweeping others down raging rivers.

The storm struck Saturday in Manila, one of the world's largest cities with about 12 million people, and dumped more than a month's worth of rain in just 12 hours.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 30, 2009 A6

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