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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have mobilized relief aid for the families affected by Typhoon Surigae.
According to a press statement by IFRC and WFP, the collaboration among the organizations included IFRC relief supplies, along with 400 family kits donated by the Government of Australia brought in from WFP-managed UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, using the Pacific Humanitarian Air Service also managed by WFP.
The USAID provided humanitarian assistance worth US$ 100,000 towards IFRC relief supplies.
This week, supplies will be brought in anew by the air service.
On May 6, the first relief flight arrived on Palau bringing in family kits, 150 kitchen sets, 1, 422 buckets, 1500 blankets, and 1,300 jerry cans.
The supplies are distributed by Palau Red Cross to communities on the main and outer islands.
The press release further stated that other international flights will follow as part of an ongoing relief and recovery effort.
Palau Red Cross Executive Director, Maireng Sengebau, said: “The typhoon has been a staggering blow to communities across the country. It’s important we get relief to them as quickly as possible as many households were already vulnerable due to the economic hardships of the COVID-19 lockdown. We have done a lot of preparations in recent years, and we had relief items pre-positioned to respond, but it hasn’t been enough.”
Meanwhile, Cynthia Jones, Director a.i. of WFP’s Office in the Pacific, the humanitarian air service made it possible for Palau to receive relief supplies.
“The Pacific is a vast region and the fastest and most effective way to deliver aid is by air. The disruption to supply chains caused by the pandemic are hitting the region particularly hard.” WFP’s dedicated humanitarian air service makes it possible for the Pacific governments and the international community to bring supplies and personnel to where they are needed the most,” she added. ( B. Carreon)

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