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PM sends sympathy letter to Philippines as death toll rises

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2013 | 11:33 AM

Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller has written to the Philippine President Benigno Aquino expressing her sympathy in the wake of the catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan.

Minister with responsibility for information, Sandrea Falconer read excerpts of the letter from Simpson Miller at this morning’s post-Cabinet press briefing.

Falconer read:

The government of Jamaica grieve with the people of the Philippines at this time of wide scale loss and suffering.

I extend our profound condolences, especially, to the immediate families and relatives of the victims and wish you strength and courage as you commence the daunting task of the reconstruction process.

Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8 and has affected up to 11 million people.

The official death toll is now reported to be about 2,200, however, local officials and aid workers say it could rise much higher.


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