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US commits $86.7M to assist Philippines

The United States Agency for International Development released funding contribution details regarding U.S. government assistance to the Philippines as the country continues to recover from a devastating November typhoon.

By JC Finley
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US commits $86.7M to assist Philippines
Workers clear debris from the aftermath of the typhoon "Yolanda" in the Tacloban City, in the Leyte province of the Philippines. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Tacloban to assess the relief and rehabilitation efforts on December 21, 213. (UPI/UN/Evan Schneider)

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The United States government pledged $86.7 million dollars in USAID and Defense Department funds for 2014 assistance to the Philippines as the country recovers from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.

According to a USAID fact sheet released January 24, the largest portion of the funds will go toward logistics and relief commodities, followed by shelter and settlements, water, sanitation and hygiene, economic recovery and market systems, and protection. One percent of the funds will be dedicated to humanitarian coordination and information management, and another 1 percent to risk management policy and practice.

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The November 8 tropical cyclone struck southeast Asia, devastating the Philippines. At least 6,201 were killed in the Philippines. Some 16 million people were affected by the typhoon, with 4.1 million internally displaced, and 1.1 million houses damaged or destroyed.

International donors, as of January 23, pledged $633 million to the Philippines' post-typhoon recovery, 80 percent of the United Nation's requested contribution of $788 million.

[USAID]

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