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Australian aid after Philippines typhoon

AAP logoAAP 30/12/2016

Australia will provide the Philippines up to $900,000 in humanitarian assistance after a deadly Christmas Day typhoon destroyed tens of thousands of homes.

At least seven people died when Typhoon Nock-ten made landfall in the northern Philippines on Christmas, damaging 70,000 homes and affecting more than 950,000 people.

"Australia's assistance will support 35,000 people with emergency items such as sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets, tarpaulins and hygiene kits," Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Saturday.

"The Australian government stands ready to respond to any additional requests for assistance once the full impact of the typhoon becomes clear."

Australia and the Philippines have a long history of working together in disaster response and risk reduction, Ms Bishop said.

"The Philippines government's decision to begin evacuations before the typhoon made landfall was important in mitigating casualties."

The assistance will be provided through the Philippines Red Cross.

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