US offers aid to monsoon victims-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
THE United States government expressed condolences for the devastation brought by torrential rains and massive flooding in the Philippines since Sunday as it allotted financial assistance for victims.
US State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said Wednesday the US Agency for International Development's Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) will provide $300,000 for emergency non-food assistance and $500,000 for warehousing and logistics support to improve local rapid response efforts.
The USAID/OFDA will closely coordinate with the Philippine government to conduct assessments of the affected areas, help identify and prioritize needs and coordinate response activities.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who are affected by the floods, those who have lost loved ones, and important possessions. I want Filipinos to know that the United States stands by them in times of need," said US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr.
He also commended the Filipinos on Twitter for "being able to break into smiles despite the disaster."
As of 6 a.m., the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 223,991 families or 1,060,094 people in 1,028 villages in 80 towns and 35 cities have been affected by the monsoon rains triggered by Tropical Storm "Maring" (international name: Trami).
The NDRRMC said 29,041 families or 132,969 people are currently staying in 425 evacuation centers.
Eight people have already died during the disaster, while 41 got injured and four remain missing.
Damages to agriculture and infrastructure have reached P66.76 million. (HDT/Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)