Queen Elizabeth Sent a Letter of Condolence to President Duterte After Typhoon Ompong
The most senior members of the British Royal Family have offered their condolences to the Philippines after the devastation wrought by Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut).
A death toll of 81 has been reported, with the numbers expected to increase as the search for landslide casualties continues.
The official royals’ website says Queen Elizabeth sent a message to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. It reads:
I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the devastation caused by Typhoon Mangkhut. Prince Philip and I send our sincere condolences to all the victims, to those who have lost loved ones, and to those who have seen their homes and property destroyed.
My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by these tragedies.
On September 19, the Philippine National Police (PNP) provided a breakdown of the fatalities and the regions they were from: Cordillera Administrative Region (66), Cagayan Valley (10), Central Luzon (2), Metro Manila (2), and Ilocos Region (1). Seventy individuals are still unaccounted for, while 355 have already been rescued by the PNP, according to the Philippine News Agency.