Saudi Arabia announced a donation of SR37.5 million ($10 million) to the Philippines to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah ordered the payment of $10 million in cash for needy Filipinos in the coastal regions of the country, said Ibrahim Al-Assaf, the finance minister, in a statement to the SPA on Friday.
The government would send the amount to the special account for assistance in coordination with officials of the Philippine government, Al-Assaf said.
Emergency supplies began to trickle into areas in the central Philippines devastated a week ago by Typhoon Haiyan, as officials worked to clear a logjam that has left some survivors without food or medical aid.
While large crowds seeking to leave thronged the airport at Tacloban city, which bore the brunt of the storm, incoming military flights carried teams of aid workers who started to fan out into affected areas as officials sought to clear roads and bring in trucks to carry supplies from the airport. The United Nations said the typhoon killed at least 4,460 people, making it one of the deadliest in Philippine history. Maj. Rey Balido, spokesman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, told reporters Friday in Manila the death toll stood at 3,621. In its morning update, the NDRRMC said 3,853 people were injured and 77 missing, with more than 9 million people affected, of whom 1.48 million were displaced.