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Obama expresses condolences on flooding in the Philippines

(Xinhua)

10:05, December 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama expressed condolences on the recent flooding in the Philippines which has caused heavy casualty, according to a White House statement on Monday.

"On behalf of the American people, I wish to express my deep condolences for the tremendous loss of life and devastation caused by recent flooding in the Philippines," Obama said in the statement.

"The United States stands ready to assist the Philippine people and government should humanitarian assistance and recovery efforts be needed," he added.

The Philippines suffered heavy loss of lives and damage in the flooding caused by the tropical storm Washi that struck its southern area on Saturday.

The death toll from the disaster has risen to 684 with still undetermined missing, the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Monday.

 
 
 
 
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