China, US to donate cash aid to PH for typhoon relief efforts

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 22) — China and the United States will provide cash assistance to the Philippines to help in its relief operations in the aftermath of Typhoon Odette.

The Chinese Embassy on Wednesday said that China will donate an additional US$1 million or approximately ₱50 million emergency cash assistance.

China already committed on Tuesday to donate ₱8 million in humanitarian assistance to typhoon-hit Cebu, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro City, and Surigao City, among others.

“The cash donation is the newest support rendered by the Chinese side after the 20,000 food packages worth around ₱8 million and the rice donation,” said Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian in a statement.

Meanwhile, the United States, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), will donate US$200,000 or ₱10 million to the Philippines.

In a statement, the USAID said that is also partnering with Action Against Hunger to help restore water supply services and sanitation facilities in Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands.

The US Embassy on Tuesday said that it is providing emergency shelter assistance to some 3,000 families affected by the typhoon. It added that at least 10,000 food packs from the US government will also be delivered to Butuan City.

The United Nations and the European Union have already committed to help the Philippines.

Typhoon Odette made nine destructive landfalls in the Philippines. It devastated the Visayas and portions of Mindanao.

As of Wednesday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported 177 deaths. However, only 11 of this count have been confirmed.

The typhoon also affected over 300,000 families from more than 3,000 barangays.

The national government earlier committed ₱2 billion worth of assistance to all provinces affected.