Barack and Michelle Obama send sympathies to Yolanda victims

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MANILA -- United States President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle have sent their sympathies to the victims of  the monster typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) that battered vast areas in central Philippines.


“Michelle and I are deeply saddened by the loss of life and extensive damage done by Super Typhoon Yolanda,” Obama said in a statement posted on the US White House website Monday.

“But I know the incredible resiliency of the [Filipinos], and I am confident that the spirit of Bayanihan will see you through this tragedy,” he said.

Over 250 lives have been claimed by Yolanda with thousands more feared dead. Authorities are struggling to deliver vital relief supplies to people in towns that are still cut off due to debris blocking roads.

“The United States is already providing significant humanitarian assistance, and we stand ready to further assist the Government’s relief and recovery efforts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the millions of people affected by this devastating storm,” Obama said.

The US is among several countries that are scrambling to deliver resources and personnel to the hardest hit provinces of Leyte and Samar among others.

Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, as well as international relief organizations have all stated that they will speed up the delivery of much needed relief aid.