On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan—known as Yolanda in the Philippines—made landfall in the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that have resulted in flooding, landslides, and widespread damage. In response to the storm, the U.S. Government announced $20 million in humanitarian assistance, including emergency food aid and critical relief supplies for disaster-affected areas. These supplies will not only provide life-saving care in the immediate aftermath of the storm but will also help prevent illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases.
President Obama recently spoke with President Aquino of the Philippines to express deep condolences on behalf of the American people for the lives lost and damage caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. They discussed the need for a speedy assessment of what further American resources would be most helpful to assist in the Philippine recovery effort.
In the days and weeks ahead, the United States will continue to work with the Philippine government to deliver more assistance, as quickly as possible. Working alongside the Government of the Philippines and in coordination with the international community, the United States is working to help dispatch aid to relieve the pain and suffering of those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.