ADB President Offers Sympathy for Tragic Loss of Life, Property in Philippines

ADB's President pledged the organization's fullest support, both in the immediate aftermath of the disaster and in the subsequent rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts. Photo: AFP

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao has offered his deepest condolences to the Government and people of the Philippines for the tragic loss of lives and property caused by typhoon Yolanda, also known internationally as typhoon Haiyan.

“My sincere sympathy to those who have lost their loved ones, homes and livelihoods,” Mr. Nakao wrote in a letter delivered to Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III.

“ADB stands with the people affected by the disaster and the Government of the Philippines in these difficult times.”

Mr. Nakao pledged ADB’s fullest support, both in the immediate aftermath of the disaster and in the subsequent rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts.

The death toll continues to rise after the typhoon hit western portions of the Philippines, causing widespread destruction. An estimated 4.4 million people are thought to have been affected by the typhoon, which carried sustained winds in excess of 235 kilometers per hour.