MANILA, Philippines – On Wednesday, the United States pledged an additional P950 million ($19 million) in humanitarian assistance for survivors of Typhoon Odette, the US embassy in the Philippines said.
Through the US Agency for International Development, the US government will also provide food and hygiene supplies, and shelter assistance to help affected communities start rebuilding their homes.
The new funding brings Washington’s assistance to Manila to over P1 billion ($20.2 billion), the US Embassy in the Philippines said.
“The United States is pleased to announce an additional and significant assistance of P950 million, which brings our total amount of aid for Typhoon Odette to over P1 billion,” Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) ad interim Heather Variava said in a statement.
“We stand steadfast with our longstanding friend, partner, and ally in helping support communities devastated by the typhoon.”
The P950-million aid is addition to the the P50 million ($1 million) reported recently to help crisis strategies endeavors to guarantee help is conveyed to hard-to-arrive at regions. This help likewise expands on the P10 million ($200,000) that USAID gave following the tempest. USAID works all year to help networks in the Philippines get ready for catastrophic events.
The US embassy said Variava plans to visit networks impacted by Typhoon Odette and see continuous help exercises.
Beginning around 2010, USAID has given more than P17 billion ($340 million) in catastrophe help and recuperation help, and supported the debacle hazard decrease limit of north of 100 urban communities and districts in the Philippines.