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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MANILA4919 2006-12-07 10:20 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Manila
VZCZCXRO8818
OO RUEHCHI RUEHDT RUEHHM
DE RUEHML #4919 3411020
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 071020Z DEC 06
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4192
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS IMMEDIATE
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RHHMUNA/CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
RHHMUNS/COMSOCPAC HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
RUCOMFJ/CG III MEF IMMEDIATE
UNCLAS MANILA 004919

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP, EAP/RSP, AND EAP/MTS
STATE PASS TO USAID
BANGKOK PASS TO TDOLAN
USPACOM ALSO FOR FPA HUSO AND J5
SECDEF/OSD/ISA/AP (TOOLAN/BAILEY)
JOINT STAFF/J5 (WILKES/ROBINSON/CLEMMONS)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID EAGR CASC SOCI RP
SUBJECT: NEXT STEPS TO ASSISTING TYPHOON REMING VICTIMS

REF: MANILA 4916

¶1. (U) THIS IS AN ACTION MESSAGE — SEE PARA 5.

¶2. (U) A December 6 on-the-ground assessment by a joint
USAID-JUSMAG team provided a snapshot of the area in southern
Luzon recovering from Typhoon Reming, which struck the
Philippines November 30-December 1. The disaster affected
more than a million Filipinos, and left over 500 people dead,
at least another 600 missing, and approximately 40,000 homes
totally destroyed. A survey of Legaspi City and the towns of
Santo Domingo and Cagsawa indicated widespread devastation.
Water, power, and sewage systems are completely disrupted,
and there is a pressing need for emergency shelter and
medical assistance. President Arroyo declared a State of
Calamity for the area on December 4.

¶3. (U) According to the Task Force Mayon Commander, Colonel
Roberto Morales, what is most needed is short-term assistance
in the form of water purification systems, emergency
generators, medical teams, and engineering units to help
restore electrical power. Morales fears that without this
help, contaminated water supplies could lead to the outbreak
of cholera, dysentery, and other water-borne diseases.

¶4. (U) U.S. military assistance in responding to the
disasters in Quezon and Aurora provinces in 2004 and the
Leyte mudslides in 2006 helped the Philippine government cope
with these crises, and built up a tremendous reservoir of
good will among the Philippine population. On December 7, a
U.S. Marine and JUSMAG contingent joined the Ambassador in
off-loading a chartered USAID aircraft bringing relief
supplies destined for distribution by the Philippine National
Red Cross to the stricken population of the Bicol Region.
U.S. military help now would help underscore the benefits to
the Philippines of the Visiting Forces Agreement.

¶5. (U) ACTION REQUEST: Embassy Manila requests that the
Department of State send the required message to the U.S.
Department of Defense to obtain assistance in providing
short-term water purification, emergency power, engineering,
and medical assistance to Philippine authorities conducting
disaster response efforts in the Bicol region of southern
Luzon.

Visit Embassy Manila’s Classified website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eap/manila/index. cfm
KENNEY

   

 

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