US to give P34 million in aid to Maring, monsoon victims



The United States government on Wednesday said it will donate $800,000 (P34.4 million) worth of assistance to the victims of Tropical Storm Maring and the southwest monsoon.

Marie Harf, the US deputy press secretary, said in a statement Washington will provide the fund through its US Agency for International Development’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (Usaid OFDA).

“On behalf of the United States government, we wish to extend our deepest condolences for the devastation and loss of life caused by Tropical Storm Trami [also known as Maring]in the Philippines,” Harf said in the statement.

She said $300,000 will go to emergency non-food assistance and $500,000 to warehousing and logistics support “to improve local rapid response efforts.”

In his official Twitter account, outgoing US Ambassador to Manila Harry Thomas Jr. sent his condolences to the Filipino people but lauded the spirit that enables the public to extend help to others.

Earlier, the US government provided an initial P24.5 million to the flood victims through the World Food Program US.

The US Embassy in Manila will reopen Thursday after being closed since Monday. There are no reports if flood entered the embassy premises.





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