Saturday, 2 January 2010

US gives $100,000 for those displaced by Mayon


MANILA, Philippines—The United States government has provided $100,000 (about P4.7 million) in immediate disaster relief assistance to families displaced by Mayon volcano and are now staying in evacuation centers, US Ambassador Kristie Kenney told reporter Tuesday night.

Released through the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to the Philippine National Red Cross and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the funds will support the purchase and distribution of food, shelter, water, and sanitation assistance for up to 47,000 people in Albay

“As a proud adopted daughter of Albay, I am particularly concerned about the well-being and health of the thousands of people in evacuation centers. We want to do all we can to help make sure relief agencies have vital resources to help serve those in need,” Kenney said.

“I have spoken with Governor (Joey) Salceda of Albay and Senator Gordon of the Red Cross, and my embassy team is in constant contact with Philippine officials and NGO representatives to determine how we can help local residents at this difficult time,” she added.

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