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US sending $25M in new typhoon aid to Philippines

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MATTHEW LEE | December 17, 2013 11:33 PM EST | AP

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TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — The United States is providing nearly $25 million in additional humanitarian aid to help the Philippines deal with the enormous devastation and deaths wrought by Typhoon Haiyan last month.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to worst-hit central Tacloban city Wednesday and announced the additional food aid, shelter materials, water and other supplies for typhoon-lashed families after surveying battered villages and consoling survivors. The U.S. assistance package has reached $86 million with the new aid to one of its closest Asian allies.

Washington's emergency aid is helping 3 million people in the hardest-hit regions, where the U.S. military has transported more than 2,495 tons of relief supplies and evacuated more than 21,000 survivors.

With its ferocious power, Haiyan left more than 6,000 people dead and nearly 1,800 others missing.