The US government has provided an additional $1 million (P51.1 million) in humanitarian assistance to families and communities affected by typhoon “Odette,” its embassy in the Philippines announced on Thursday.

“As friends, partners and allies, we will continue to support the Philippines in its post-typhoon recovery,” US Embassy in the Philippines chargé d’affaires ad interim Heather Variava said.

“This additional assistance will help deliver food and other essential items to communities devastated by the typhoon,” she added.

US support for “Odette” relief has amounted to more than $21.2 million (P1.08 billion).

Its relief efforts are coursed through the US Agency for International Development or USAID.

As of Jan. 28, USAID and the United Nations World Food Programme have provided more than 300 trucks to transport approximately 350,000 household food rations, hygiene kits, kitchen sets and shelter kits to communities hit by “Odette.”

Typhoon “Odette” ravaged areas in Visayas and Mindanao in December 2021.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, “Odette” has killed 407 individuals as of Jan. 1. John Ezekiel J. Hirro