June 24, 2008

USAID Provides Assistance in Aftermath of Philippine Typhoon

WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an initial $100,000 for the purchase of emergency relief supplies, including blankets, mosquito nets, and water containers, to families affected by the typhoon in the Philippines.

On June 20, 2008, Typhoon Frank (Fengshen) passed over the Philippines, with heavy rains and sustained winds of nearly 100 miles per hour (mph) and gusts as high as 108 mph, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration. The Philippine National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) reported that the storm affected more than 470,000 people across 20 provinces, including 320,000 people in the most affected provinces of Iliolo and Capiz in the Western Visayas Region.

According to NDCC, Typhoon Frank has killed 94 people, injured 67 others, destroyed or damaged more than 150,000 homes, flooded approximately 555,987 acres of farmland, and damaged 18.5 tons of agricultural produce. High winds and heavy surf from Typhoon Frank also capsized a ferry boat with 750 people on board. NDCC reported 32 survivors and 4 confirmed deaths from the accident, with the remaining passengers and crew members missing.

USAID is continuing to monitor the situation and stands prepared to provide additional assistance if needed.

For more information about USAID's emergency humanitarian assistance programs, please visit: http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/humanitarian_assistance/disaster_assistance/.

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U.S. Agency for International Development

CONTACT: USAID Press Office, +1-202-712-4310

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