Typhoon Haiyan

Japan to send up to 1,000 troops to Philippines to help with aid effort

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 November, 2013, 11:01pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 November, 2013, 2:59am

Japan is ready to send as many as 1,000 troops to the Philippines to help with relief efforts, the defence ministry said yesterday.

The move was announced a day after Tokyo sent 50 members of its Self-Defence Forces to assist in medical support and transport operations following Manila's request for assistance.

Three naval ships and an unspecified number of aircraft would accompany the proposed contingent, Jiji Press news agency reported.

The Japanese government said it would give US$10 million to provide evacuees with emergency shelters and other help through aid organisations.

The government of Kuwait also committed US$10 million to the relief effort yesterday, a source with direct knowledge of the offer told the South China Morning Post.

Separately Kuwait-backed private equity investment firm, KGLI Asia which has substantial ports, logistics and infrastructure holdings in the Philippines, said it was donating a ship and crew to help house displaced people.

KGLI Asia CEO Mark Williams said the ship would house 1,500 people and provide 6,000 hot meals a day to disaster victims.

His firm is now hoping to raise money from NGOs, private donors and corporations to help meet the supply costs of a 90-day mission that would need US$50,000 dollars a day to provide food, water and fuel that his logistics chain would get into the devastated area.