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B.C. To Give $300K In Typhoon Haiyan Relief Aid

11/14/2013 01:16 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
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TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 13: An entire neighbourhood is destroyed in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 13, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph (315 kph), slammed into the southern Philippines and left a trail of destruction in multiple provinces, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and making travel by air and land to hard-hit provinces difficult. Around 10,000 people are feared dead in the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
The government of B.C. is promising $300,000 for Typhoon Haiyan relief aid in the Philippines.

Premier Christy Clark says the provincial government will match public monetary donations to the Canadian Red Cross given before Dec. 9, up to $300,000.

"So many British Columbians have roots in the Philippines – family or friends the storm has left homeless, missing or waiting to be rescued," said Clark in a statement issued this morning.

There are about 100,000 Filipino-Canadians living in B.C, according to the statement.

B.C.'s Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism Teresa Wat says the money will be used to help the Red Cross distribute food, blankets, first aid and hygiene kits to people displaced by the typhoon.

Donations can be made at any B.C. Liquor Store locations, or online.

The death toll following Typhoon Haiyan, which made landfall in the central Philippines on Nov. 7, is 2,357. It's estimated that more than half a million people have been displaced from their homes. 

The federal government has dedicated $5 million in aid, and is considering sending additional military resources to assist in the relief effort. 

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