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Thailand pledges $100,000 for ‘Frank’ victims

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 14:49:00 07/01/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Thailand has pledged $100,000 dollars for the victims of typhoon “Frank” (international codename: Fengshen) which has left over 700 people killed, a military spokesman said.

The Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, General Boonsrang Niumpradit made the commitment to the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), General Alexander Yano, when the Thai officer visited Camp Aguinaldo on Tuesday, said Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres Jr., AFP public affairs officer.

During the closed-door meeting, Boonsrang told Yano that Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundarayavej, ordered the release of the $100,000 to help in relief and reconstruction efforts, Torres said.

“The Thai military chief also extended his condolences to the families of the victims of the typhoon and his support to the rescue mission efforts of the AFP,” Torres said.

The storm ravaged the central Philippines last June 21, triggering massive floods in the Western Visayas and causing a passenger ferry that was carrying 862 passengers and crew to capsize off Romblon province.

The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) listed 540 people killed, 175 wounded, and 41 missing due to flooding, mostly in the Western Visayas, as of 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, 173 fatalities and 56 survivors from the ill-fated M/V Princess of the Stars have been recovered, the NDCC said.

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Written by joelguinto

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