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U.S. Sends Troops To Philippines

Jacqueline Jackson |
November 10, 2013 | 6:43 p.m. PST

Managing Editor

Makeshift shelters such as this are being used by Philippines residents. (via Twitter)
Makeshift shelters such as this are being used by Philippines residents. (via Twitter)
The U.S. has pledged various forms of support from monetary aid to search-and-rescue missions in the Philippines.

On Saturday The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $100,000 to go for clean water, health care and sanitation. According to CNN USAID released a statement that it is sending a team to assess the damage and determine humanitarian needs for the Philippines.

SEE ALSO: Huge Typhoon Hits The Philippines

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel decided to send troops to help with relief aid. The Pentagon said on Sunday he directed the U.S. Pacific command to  support American humanitarian relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

The U.S. is sending at least 90 troops to the Philippines with as many as 2,000 troops in the Marine Expeditionary Unity nearby. Although the plan for troops is still being finalized the U.S. military will fly in requested aid into the most damaged areas in the coming days.

The Pentagon's statement said, "In coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. ambassador in Manila, the Department of Defense will continue to monitor the effects of Typhoon Haiyan and stands ready to help our ally recover from the storm."

However, as relief efforts are underway many relief crews must take caution as survivors of the storm are searching for food and water. The Philippine National Red Cross says its efforts are being hampered by looters attacking trucks and of food and other supplies.

WATCH: BBC Coverage of the Typhoon below.

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