US sends P2M aid for quake victims-A A +A
Friday, October 18, 2013
THE United States (US) government announced Friday that it sent $50,000 or P2.15 million to the victims of the magnitude-7.2 earthquake that hit the Visayas area, particularly the province of Bohol.
In a statement, the US Embassy in Manila disclosed that their sending of the emergency response funds is meant to provide non-food relief items to earthquake affected communities.
"We are very concerned about the tragic loss of life and suffering caused by the Bohol earthquake. The assistance USAID can offer will be a good first step in mitigating that suffering," said US Embassy Charge d'Affairs Brian Goldbeck.
In addition, the US government said 6,000 units of hygiene kits will be made available to earthquake victims in Bohol.
Also, two US military water purification units have already been transported to Tagbilaran and will be operated by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) engineers to produce fresh drinking water for those affected by the earthquake.
"The Embassy continues to work closely with its Philippine partners to determine the type of assistance most needed in the coming days," assured Goldbeck.
On Tuesday, a magnitude-7.2 quake hit the Visayas area resulting in the destruction of buildings, churches, roads, and hospitals.
And based on the latest data of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the quake has already affected 676,065 families or 3,426,718 people in 1,285 villages in 45 towns and seven cities in three provinces. (HDT/Sunnex)