U.S. aid for Typhoon Odette exceeds Php1 billion with major new announcement

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Manila, December 29, 2021
—The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing additional humanitarian assistance of 950 million pesos ($ 19 million) to help affected communities. Typhoon Odette, bringing total US support for this response to over one billion pesos ($ 20.2 million).

With this assistance, USAID will provide food aid; water, sanitation and hygiene programs to help people stay healthy; and shelter support to meet emergency needs and help affected communities start rebuilding their homes.

“The United States is pleased to announce significant additional aid of 950 million pesos, bringing our total assistance for Typhoon Odette to over 1 billion pesos. We remain loyal to our friend, partner and longtime ally to help support the communities devastated by the typhoon, ”said Heather Variava, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the US Embassy in the Philippines. “This extra help will help deliver food and hygiene supplies, and provide life-saving support to those who need it most. “

This new funding comes on top of the 50 million pesos ($ 1 million) announced earlier this week to support emergency logistics efforts to ensure aid is delivered to people in hard-to-reach areas . This assistance also builds on the Php 10 million ($ 200,000) that USAID provided immediately after the storm for food, water and hygiene supplies; restore water supply services and sanitation facilities; and to support hygiene promotion activities.

To show U.S. support for the American people, CDA Variava plans to visit communities affected by Typhoon Odette and see U.S. relief activities underway.

USAID works year round to help Filipino communities prepare for natural disasters. Through existing programs, USAID partners are transporting relief supplies, including enough food provided by the Philippine government to feed nearly 103,000 families. USAID partners are also helping manage evacuation shelters, deploy mobile operations vehicles to support emergency telecommunications, and provide heavy-duty plastic sheeting to meet the shelter needs of 4,800 families. .

The United States will continue to partner with the Philippines in responding to natural disasters and supporting Filipinos in their recovery efforts. Since 2010, USAID has provided more than 17 billion pesos ($ 340 million) in emergency relief and recovery assistance, and has strengthened the disaster risk reduction capacity of more than 100 cities and municipalities in the Philippines.

Learn more about the United States’ efforts here: https://ph.usembassy.gov/fact-sheet-us-typhoon-odette-rai-assistance-to-the-philippines/.


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