MANILA -- The Philippine Red Cross will donate P5 million to victims of the bushfires in Australia, the organization's chair Senator Richard Gordon said Friday, as the fires continue to ravage the world's sixth largest country 4 months since it ignited.
"We will be giving P5 million sa Australia para makatulong sa mga nasunugan doon," Gordon said in a press conference.
(We will be giving P5 million to Australia to help fire victims there.)
"Galing sa pinaghirapan natin ‘yan. Hindi nga lang kasinglaki ng dino-donate nila, pero at least, meron tayong kusang loob. Hindi tayo palaasa," he said.
(The funds are from our hard work. It's not as big as the amount others are donating, but at least, we have something to give. We do not just rely on others all the time.)
The fund will be coursed through an official from the Australian embassy, the senator said.
Australia's wildfires have killed at least 26 people and a billion animals living in some 8 million hectares of land, according to reports.
About 100 firefighters from the United States and Canada are helping put out the bushfires, with another 140 expected in coming weeks as the blaze continues to emit about 400 megatons of carbon dioxide and produced harmful pollutants, the European Union's Copernicus monitoring program said.
The smog from Australia's deadly blaze has drifted across the Pacific, affecting cities in South America, and may have reached the Antarctic, the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization said.
- with reports from Reuters