US to provide 100,000 USD aid to flooded areas in PHL

US to provide 100,000 USD aid to flooded areas in PHL
# 07 August 2012 18:40 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines on Tuesday said the United States will provide 100,000 U.S. dollars to the country to support disaster relief efforts in Metro Manila following severe flooding caused by the southwest monsoon this week, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

U.S. Ambassador Harry Thomas, Jr. issued a disaster declaration after reports of widespread flooding in Metro Manila, and offered to provide immediate relief assistance.

"On behalf of the U.S. government and the American people, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to those who are displaced and who have lost homes and livelihoods due to the floods," Thomas said in a statement.

Most parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces in Luzon have been submerged in flood waters, forcing the cancellation of classes and work.

There is no tropical cyclone existing within the Philippine Area of Responsibility, according to state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) but said the heavy downpour was due to the southwest monsoon.

PAGASA has issued a red warning signal for Metro Manila on Tuesday, warning residents in low-lying areas to evacuate. A red warning means more than 30mm of rain is expected and serious flooding may occur.

Thomas said the US government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will conduct an initial damage assessment in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces to determine the extent of damage caused by flooding and determine immediate needs within the affected communities.
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