Brunei, in its capacity as ASEAN Chair, has pledged that the association will offer its strongest support to the Philippines in the work of recovery and restoring hope and confidence to the people who have experienced such terrible personal loss.

In a statement issued on behalf of ASEAN member countries, Brunei expressed heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy to the Government and people of the Philippines following the devastating impact of typhoon Haiyan.

The statement also reaffirmed the countries’ commitments to the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response of 2005 and to the safety and welfare of the group’s people.

Earlier, ASEAN Secretary General and Coordinator of ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Le Luong Minh sent condolences to Philippine Foreign Minister Albert F. Del Rosario and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh over losses caused by the super typhoon.

He pledged to closely work with the ASEAN Chair and the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance to help the two countries overcome consequences of the storm.

The death toll from typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has risen to 2,275 on November 13.

Vietnam’s National Committee for Search and Rescue reported 14 deaths due to the typhoon by 6.30 pm of November 11.-VNA