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Icelanders assist in the Philippines

Hurricane Durian swept across the Philippines on Friday last week, killing close to 1,000 people and leaving 40,000 people homeless. Icelandic Red Cross workers arrived at the scene this week.

“When catastrophe strikes all kinds of volunteers from the Red Cross arrive at the scene, so it is important that they coordinate with each other. My job is to make sure they do,” said Sólveig Thorvaldsdóttir, an engineer who belongs to a Red Cross emergency relief team which left to the Philippines on Monday. Fréttabladid reports.

For one month, Thorvaldsdóttir will supervise distribution of drinking water, food, blankets and tents to survivors of the hurricane.

Durian is the forth hurricane to hit the Philippines since September.

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