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Obama: U.S. has sent aid for recovery

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By Reuters
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, 8:27 p.m.
 

WASHINGTON — The United States rushed assistance to the Philippines when a typhoon killed at least 10,000 people and will provide additional aid if it is needed, President Obama said on Sunday.

Obama said America “is already providing significant humanitarian assistance, and we stand ready to further assist the (Philippines) government's relief and recovery efforts.”

The government aid — both military and civilian — began flowing as relief efforts got under way by international organizations and private relief groups.

The U.S. Agency for International Development is sending supplies, including emergency shelter and hygiene materials, to help 10,000 families. The supplies are expected to arrive early this week, according to a spokeswoman.

USAID is dispatching 55 metric tons of emergency food to feed 20,000 children and 15,000 adults for up to five days, the agency said.

An emergency response team sent by USAID arrived in Leyte province, which is one of the hardest-hit areas, the spokeswoman said, adding that the team is conducting damage assessments and tracking humanitarian conditions.

About 90 Marines and sailors arrived in the Philippines as part of a first wave of promised military assistance, which included aircraft for search-and-rescue operations.

At the same time, U.S. aid groups began a multimillion-dollar relief campaign of their own.

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