New York

6 December 2012

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines

The Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life and the serious damage to homes and infrastructure in the Philippines as a result of Typhoon Bopha (known locally as Typhoon Pablo), the second devastating storm to hit Mindanao in a year.

The Secretary-General extends his sincere condolences to the Government and people of the Philippines, particularly those who have lost family members and who have been otherwise affected by this disaster.

The United Nations stands ready to provide humanitarian assistance and to mobilize international support for the response.