The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $8 million in humanitarian assistance for people facing ongoing humanitarian needs associated with Super Typhoon Rai and the the subsequent Tropical Storm Megi in the Philippines. Building on support provided for the initial disaster response, this new funding brings total USAID assistance for typhoon-affected people in the Philippines to more than $29 million since December 2021.
Super Typhoon Rai, locally known as Odette, made landfall in the Philippines in mid-December causing heavy rains, landslides and widespread flooding. As the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, Super Typhoon Rai affected more than 12 million people, including more than 6,800 people who were still displaced as of May 10. Nearly four months after Super Typhoon Rai made landfall, Tropical Storm Megi — known locally as Tropical Storm Agaton — made landfall in the Philippines in mid-April, affecting many areas still recovering from super damage. Typhoon Rai and generating additional humanitarian needs. The damage sustained during Super Typhoon Rai and Tropical Storm Megi has further exacerbated the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, generating increased health and protection risks for vulnerable groups. The immense scale of the impacts of Super Typhoon Rai continues to require support to help communities meet critical needs and rebuild their lives.
With this additional funding, USAID will support up to 80,000 typhoon-affected people by providing essential shelter assistance, improving access to clean water and sanitation, restoring livelihoods agricultural livelihoods, ensuring essential sexual and reproductive health services and providing protection programs for women and women. children from Dinagat Islands, Leyte, Southern Leyte and Surigao del Norte. This additional assistance builds on USAID support to typhoon-affected communities since December. Through our implementing partners, USAID provided food, emergency cash, clean water, hygiene supplies, and other relief items to people affected by the typhoon , and helps more than 8,000 families rebuild their homes.
Through existing programs, USAID is helping the Government of the Philippines mobilize emergency relief and relief supplies for those affected by Super Typhoon Rai and Tropical Storm Megi. Additionally, USAID works year-round to help communities in the Philippines prepare for and be more resilient to natural disasters.
For the latest updates on USAID humanitarian assistance in the Philippines, visit https://www.usaid.gov/philippines/humanitarian-assistance.