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The United States has announced an additional P950-M ‘Odette’ aid

The US government released an additional USD19 million (about PHP950 million) in humanitarian relief on Wednesday to support communities hit by Typhoon Odette, bringing the total amount of aid to the Philippines to more than PHP1 billion.

“The United States is glad to announce additional and important assistance in the sum of PHP950 million, bringing our total relief to over PHP1 billion for Typhoon Odette.” In assisting to support communities impacted by the typhoon, we stand steady with our long-standing friend, partner, and ally,” US Embassy in the Philippines Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Heather Variava said in a statement.

The increased help will offer food, water, hygiene supplies, and housing support to the afflicted population through the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

The new funding comes on top of the PHP50 million pledged by Washington DC earlier this month to support emergency logistics efforts to ensure that aid reaches those in hard-to-reach areas.

The US Embassy in Manila added that it builds on the PHP10 million in aid provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) immediately following the storm for food, water, and hygiene supplies, as well as to restore water supply services and sanitation facilities and support hygiene promotion activities.

In the meantime, Variava is anticipated to travel to villages hit by “Odette” and observe ongoing US relief efforts.

On December 16, the hurricane “Odette” made landfall, bringing with it damaging winds and severe precipitation. According to the most recent government data, more than 4.3 million people were affected throughout 11 regions and 6,115 barangays, with 397 persons killed and 1,147 injured.

More than 561,000 people have been displaced, with 305,229 taking refuge in evacuation centers, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

According to the embassy, the United States would continue to work with the Philippines to respond to natural disasters and assist Filipinos in their recovery efforts.

USAID’s partners are transferring relief commodities, including food given by the Philippine government to feed almost 103,000 households, through existing programs.

In addition, USAID partners are assisting with the management of evacuation shelters, the deployment of mobile operations vehicles to support emergency telecommunications, and the provision of heavy-duty plastic sheeting to satisfy the shelter needs of 4,800 people.

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