Philippines: UN Officials Mourn Victims of Storm Tragedy

NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–19 December 2011.  

A woman salvages belongings from her ruined village in Mindanao, Philippines, after Tropical Storm Washi struck on 16 December 2011

United Nations officials today sent their sympathies to the people of the Philippines after a tropical storm slammed the south of the country at the weekend, causing devastating floods that left more than 500 people dead and hundreds of others missing.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his condolences to the affected families, the people and the Government of the Philippines, saying that the UN and partners stand ready to support the national authorities in responding to the disaster.

Margareta Wahlström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Disaster Risk Reduction, said in her message of sympathy that there are lessons to be learned from tropical storm Washi, also known locally as Sendong.