Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has met Australian medical workers and defence force personnel in some of the areas worst hit by last month’s Typhoon Haiyan.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has visited typhoon-devastated communities in the Philippines, pledging another $10 million to Australia’s aid effort.
Ms Bishop on Sunday met the Australian medical team in Tacloban, one of the areas worst hit by Typhoon Haiyan, and Australian Defence Force personnel working in Ormoc and surrounding areas.
She thanked the health, defence, aid, consular and other officials who have responded to the crisis, and the Australian public who had donated more than $13 million to relief and recovery efforts.
The additional $10 million in humanitarian relief brings Australia’s total contribution to $40 million.
Almost 15 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which caused massive destruction early last month.
Ms Bishop will travel to Manila to meet her Filipino counterpart and other cabinet members, where the Philippines’ recovery needs and broader bilateral and regional issues will be discussed.