5 Ways USAID is Responding to Super Typhoon Rai in the Philippines

USAID heavy-duty plastic sheeting arrived in Surigao City in the Philippines on Dec. 21 to help communities affected by Super Typhoon Rai, known locally as Odette. USAID partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is distributing the sheeting to help meet the emergency shelter needs of 3,000 people dealing with damaged homes and businesses. / IOM Philippines

1. Providing Immediate Assistance to Affected Communities

This aerial photo taken on Dec. 17 shows destroyed houses caused by Super Typhoon Rai after the storm crossed over Surigao City in Surigao del Norte province. / Erwin Mascarinas, AFP

2. Pre-positioning Emergency Shelter Supplies Before the Storm

Through existing programs, USAID is supporting the Government of the Philippines to mobilize emergency response and relief supplies for people affected by Super Typhoon Rai. / IOM Philippines

3. Moving Relief Supplies to Affected Areas

USAID partner the UN World Food Program has provided trucks and other vehicles to transport critical relief supplies to affected areas. / WFP Philippines

4. Helping to Restore Electricity and Internet after Power Outages

5. Conducting Assessments and Coordinating Response Efforts

USAID has disaster experts on the ground in the Philippines and in the region who are working in close coordination with humanitarian partners and the Government of the Philippines to coordinate response efforts. / Joe Curry, USAID
Residents gather next to their destroyed house in Carcar, Philippines’ Cebu province, on Dec. 18, days after Super Typhoon Rai hit the city. / Victor Kintanar, AFP

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