BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
Note: The last fact sheet was dated October 20, 2009.
- In FY 2010 to date, the U.S. Government (USG) has provided $13,789,906 in humanitarian assistance to Asia and Pacific countries to mitigate impacts of recent storms, floods, and tsunami.
- In response to the October 20 release of a U.N. flash appeal requesting more than $10 million in support of Government of Laos (GoL), non-governmental organization (NGO), and U.N. operations targeted to benefit approximately 178,000 affected individuals, a USAID/OFDA regional advisor plans to travel to Laos on October 29 to assess humanitarian conditions in provinces affected by Typhoon Ketsana and coordinate USG assistance.
- On October 27, in accordance with a request from the U.S. Ambassador to Laos, USAID/OFDA provided an additional $50,000 through the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane to World Vision International for provision of emergency relief commodities to flood-affected individuals in Savannakhet Province, Laos.
- During an October 26 press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) donation of approximately 7,000 metric tons (MT) of rice and 680 MT of nonfat dry milk valued at $8.5 million under USDA's Food for Progress Program to assist an estimated 438,000 people in the Philippines affected by Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon Parma for 60 days.
- On October 27, USAID/OFDA announced plans to provide $250,000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) under an emergency appeal to support Samoa Red Cross Society (SRCS) emergency relief efforts to tsunami-affected populations in western Samoa. USAID/OFDA also provided an additional $250,000 through the U.S. Embassy in Apia to the Government of Samoa (GoS) for support of the National Emergency Operations Center and delivery of relief supplies and disaster risk reduction efforts in affected villages.