U.S. boosts support to Palau for recovery from Typhoon Surigae

first_imgU.S. boosts support to Palau for recovery from Typhoon Surigae U.S. Department of the InteriorThe U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) is pleased to announce an award of $300,000 in emergency maintenance assistance program funding to the Government of the Republic of Palau to augment U.S. Government support for disaster recovery efforts in Palau following the impacts of Typhoon Surigae on April 16, 2021.“The OIA team is pleased to provide this emergency assistance to support the President and the people of Palau as they continue to build back and recover from the impacts of Typhoon Surigae,” said Nikolao Pula, Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs. “We are pleased to help provide support to the people of Palau, along with our other federal partners and in support of our bilateral relationship.”“With Typhoon Surigae damaging over 1,000 homes, the USG continues to support our ally, Palau, with timely funding for communities to rehabilitate homes, schools, and especially healthcare facilities that are making vaccination progress on the fight against COVID-19,” said U.S. Ambassador to Palau John Hennessey-Niland.  The funds will be used to rehabilitate and repair schools and health-care facilities that were damaged by Typhoon Surigae to include roofs, walkways, water tanks and pumps, windows, signage, and other related equipment. While no lives were lost, the slow movement of Surigae combined with winds up to 75 miles per hour, heavy rainfall, and significant storm surges contributed to widespread damage and destruction to infrastructure, crops, livestock, and dwellings in several states across Palau. It was reported that 100% of households and infrastructure in the outer islands and at least 10% on Palau’s main island of Koror were affected. Vaccination progress for COVID-19 and other immunization programs have been hampered due to the widespread damage to households and infrastructure.Several federal partners provided support to Palau immediately following the disaster including the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Coast Guard.The OIA Maintenance Assistance Program is made available each year by Congress to support priorities in the U.S. territories and the freely associated states.  /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Ambassador, Congress, covid-19, crops, disaster, Emergency, Government, healthcare, infrastructure, Koror, livestock, Palau, President, Secretary, vaccination, Waterlast_img read more