US Pledges $100,000 in Aid for Phil. Typhoon Victims

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MANILA, Philippines – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed condolences to the Philippines last week after super typhoon Megi, locally known in the Philippines as “Juan,” devastated parts of Northern Luzon and left up to 17 people dead.

ABS-CBN cited Clinton’s statement on the disaster: "On behalf of the people of the United States, I offer our condolences for the damage and loss of life caused on the island of Luzon by Typhoon Megi. Our embassy in Manila has offered immediate disaster relief assistance, and we are working closely with Philippine authorities to offer additional assistance as needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Luzon and all Filipinos affected by this tragedy," said Clinton.

The United States plans to make available $100,000 (USD) to help those affected by the typhoon.