The government has joined efforts from around the world by pledging US$50,000 to the Bermuda Red Cross relief fund to assist the people in the Philippines.
The Philippines, which has a large community in Bermuda, was hit by Typhoon Haiyan last Friday, affecting 11 million people and leaving the nation with its biggest ever logistical problem in coping with the aftermath of one of the most powerful storms on record.
Bermuda’s Premier Craig Cannonier said that Bermudians, as fellow islanders, “know the devastation that hurricanes can bring, as we have weathered many, many storms”.
“The Filipino community is an integral and important part of Bermuda and we understand and identify with their anguish. The loss of life is truly overwhelming.” he said.
The Association of Filipinos in Bermuda thanked the country for its continuing support, adding that cash donations were preferred to clothing.
It would take two to three months for a container of clothing to reach the Philippines and shipping costs could run up to $6,0000, a spokeswoman said.
She added that a container shipment could be organised at a later time when survivors will have “hopefully settled back to their normal lives”.