MANILA, Philippines – The United States is sending an additional 950 million pesos in humanitarian aid to survivors of Typhoon Odette.
In a statement on Wednesday, the U.S. embassy in Manila said the additional aid provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide food aid, water, sanitation and sanitation programs.
It is also used to provide shelter and help affected communities rebuild their homes.
â€œThe United States is pleased to announce additional and significant aid of Php950 million, bringing our total aid to Typhoon Odette to over Php1 billion. We stand firmly with our longtime friend, partner and ally in supporting the typhoon-ravaged communities, “said the US Embassy in the Philippines, ad interim ChargÃ© d’Affaires, Heather Variava.
“This extra help will help deliver food and toiletries and provide life-saving support to those most in need,” she added.
According to the embassy, â€‹â€‹Variava also plans to visit typhoon-hit communities to see ongoing US relief activities.
The additional funding comes on top of the 50 million pence aid announced by the embassy earlier this week.
Immediately after the onslaught of the typhoon, the US also allocated 10 million pesos for food, water and hygiene products; to restore the water supply and sanitation; and to support measures to promote hygiene.
“USAID works year-round to help communities in the Philippines prepare for natural disasters,” the embassy said.
Under existing programs, the embassy found that USAID partners are delivering relief supplies, including enough food provided by the Philippine government to feed nearly 103,000 families.
USAID partners also help manage evacuation shelters, provide mobile emergency vehicles to support emergency telecommunications, and provide heavy duty plastic wrap to meet the shelter needs of 4,800 families.
The embassy said the US will continue to work with the Philippines to respond to natural disasters and assist in recovery efforts.
USAID has provided over 17 billion pesos in disaster relief and reconstruction assistance since 2010.
It has also increased the disaster risk reduction capacities of over 100 cities and towns in the Philippines, the embassy said.