U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
Note: This is the final fact sheet for this response. The last fact sheet was dated November 20, 2009.
- The U.S. Government (USG) has provided nearly $26.8 million in humanitarian funding in response to Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) and typhoons Parma (Pepeng) and Mirinae (Santi). Total USG assistance comprises approximately $26.4 million from USG agencies in FY 2010 to date, as well as $404,496 through USAID/OFDA in FY 2009 for the provision and delivery of relief supplies. In FY 2010, USAID/OFDA has provided nearly $6 million to support health; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); economic recovery; and humanitarian coordination and information management programs, as well as logistics support and the provision of emergency relief supplies.
- A USAID/OFDA regional advisor traveled to the Philippines in December to conduct a final assessment of humanitarian conditions and coordinate the USG response following the tropical storms. The regional advisor reported that current Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and international assistance is largely meeting the needs of affected populations.
- On December 3, USAID's Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) announced the allocation of an additional 11,100 metric tons (MT) of P.L. 480 Title II emergency food assistance to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), composed of rice and vegetable oil valued at approximately $10 million, for distribution to storm-affected individuals in the Philippines.
- On December 14, the GRP ordered the evacuation of approximately 50,000 people in Albay Province living within a 5-mile radius of the Mayon volcano in southern Luzon island, after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the volcano's warning intensity to Alert Level 3. Representing the highest risk potential, Level 3 indicates an eruption could occur within days or weeks.
- Tropical Depression Urduja made landfall in the Visayas island group on November 20, temporarily displacing more than 12,000 people to evacuation centers and killing 4 individuals, according to the GRP National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC). To date, Philippine authorities have not requested international assistance in response to the tropical depression.