The Philippine government estimates that Typhoon Bopha damaged or destroyed nearly 70,000 houses. Emergency shelter supplies flown into the region by USAID/OFDA are helping communities get back on their feet. USAID
The Department of State and USAID are the lead U.S. Government Agencies that respond to complex humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters overseas. The United States gives more to those in crises than any other country in the world. Humanitarian assistance is provided on the basis of need, according to principles of universality, impartiality and human dignity. In addition to providing emergency relief in response to natural and man-made disasters, the State Department and USAID also focus on building host nation capacity to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the consequences of disasters on their own. In tandem with non-profit partners and international organizations such as the World Food Program and UNICEF, the Department and USAID help those affected by disaster to cope and then begin again by converting crisis situations into opportunities to promote peace, democracy, and economic growth. Where appropriate, humanitarian assistance and longer-term development planning and programming are linked to effectively reduce the long-term cost of conflict and natural disaster and cyclical need for humanitarian assistance and facilitate a country's ability to transition away from relief assistance to developmental solutions.
The Department and USAID allocated $4.143 billion toward this Strategic Goal in FY 2012, which is eight percent of the total State-USAID budget for all strategic goals. The performance of the illustrative indicators is provided in the following section.