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Friend in deed! Duterte offers help to flood-stricken Japan as death toll rises


President Rodrigo Duterte has offered to send soldiers, doctors and engineers to Japan to help in rescue and rehabilitation efforts in areas affected by flooding on its western portion.

Duterte made the announcement during the Cabinet meeting Monday (July 9), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a tweet.

Aside from emergency response personnel, Roque said Duterte will also send medicines to the flood-stricken part of Japan.

Around 126 people have died in Western Japan following the non-stop rains, according to Kyodo News.

The calamity has prompted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to cancel a scheduled trip to Europe and Middle East this week to visit the affected areas and focus on rescue efforts.