Vietnam aids Philippines' typhoon recovery efforts

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Vietnam has donated US$100,000 to support the Philippines in their efforts to recover from tropical storm Sendong of last December, VnExpress quoted the foreign ministry as saying Tuesday.

According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Monday, deputy minister Ho Xuan Son handed over the grant to Philippine Foreign Minister Albert F. del Rosario on Tuesday in Manila, where Son was attending the meeting of the countries' Joint Commission on Maritime and Ocean Cooperation.

Son also expressed his condolences for the loss of life and suffering caused by the typhoon, the newswire reported.

In response, Rosario articulated his gratitude to Vietnam for their support, saying that it was evidence of the bond between the two nations specifically, as well among the ASEAN countries in general, the report said.

The Philippines' worst natural disaster in two decades, tropical storm Sendong killed 1,249 when it tore through the coastal villages of Mindanao Island in the southern Philippines on December 16 last year, according to a report in Reuters at that time.

About 1,100 people went missing, while more than 300,000 were displaced as their houses were destroyed by torrents of water, mud and logs cascading through villages, it said.

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