Manitoba pledges $100K for Philippines storm relief
The Manitoba government says it will give $100,000 to relief work in the Philippines, which has been devastated by a tropical storm late last week.
Premier Greg Selinger announced Monday that the money will go to the Manitoba Council for International Co-Operation to support relief work in the wake of Tropical Storm Washi, which struck the country's coastal region on Friday night.
The official death toll from the disaster climbed to 927 on Monday, while officials have lost count of how many people are missing.
Winnipeg is home to one of the largest Filipino communities in Canada, with about 40,000 Filipinos living in the city.
Fred De Villa, chairman of the Filipino-Canadian Disaster Relief Fund, admits that his group will face a challenge raising money during the holiday season.
"We have some ideas now," he told CBC News. "It's Christmas time here, but they will try very hard to raise money."
De Villa said his group will have more details about its fundraising plan following a meeting Monday night in Winnipeg.