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U.S. provides $20 mlllion emergency aid for Philippines

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:41 p.m. HST, Nov 11, 2013

MANILA >> The United States said today it is fully committed to helping the Philippines recover from one of the most powerful typhoons on record, and is providing $20 million in immediate aid.

The U.S. Agency for International Development said that aid will be used for provision of emergency shelter, food, relief commodities, and water and sanitation.

Secretary of State John Kerry said today U.S. government assistance would help hundreds of thousands of displaced Filipinos.

Kerry said he assured Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario “of our full commitment to providing all necessary assistance.”

According to Kerry’s statement, the U.S. military is providing logistical support for the distribution of relief supplies, and USAID is helping evaluate the damage from the typhoon. The State Department is also working to send American military veterans to the Philippines to help people recover from the storm.

Earlier today, a U.S. military plane carrying relief supplies and a contingent of Marines left the Philippine capital en route to the country’s typhoon-devastated eastern seaboard.

The C-130 left Manila’s Vilamor air base loaded with bottled water, generators wrapped in plastic, a forklift and two trucks.

It was the first American relief flight to the region, where thousands are feared dead and tens of thousands more homeless as a result of Friday’s typhoon.

The flight was headed for Tacloban, a city badly hit by the storm and in desperate need of assistance.

USAID said at the weekend it sent an emergency response team in and around Ormoc, the second-largest city in heavily affected Leyte Province. It found that 80 to 90 percent of housing in the city has been damaged or destroyed, and that debris and downed power lines continue to block road access to affected populations.

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Publicbraddah wrote:
The Phillippines have always been devastated by storms so my question is why aren't there more storm shelters to protect the populace? I know it's a logistical beast because there's so many islands but they've got to upgrade their emergency resources.
on November 11,2013 | 09:02AM
localguy wrote:
Do some research on corruption by elected bureaucrats and you will have your answer. Things just don't get done to standard.
on November 11,2013 | 12:26PM
1local wrote:
still printing money - THE USA is bankrupt - time to take care of internal / domestic needs first...Use the $20 million to pay for health plans for documented USA citizens...
on November 11,2013 | 02:12PM
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