US, Japan, Australia, Singapore help assess Hagupit damage

United States Embassy in Manila extends US government’s deepest condolence “for the loss of life and devastation caused by Typhoon Ruby.”

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the U.S. military have contacted their Philippine government counterparts and are “ready to provide assistance to the Philippine authorities at their request and under their guidance,” US Embassy said in a statement.

Armed Forces of the Philippines 7th Civil Relations Group commander Major Emmanuel Garcia said that US assessment teams along with Japanese, Australian and Singaporean teams are helping to determine exact damage brought by typhoon Ruby.

Major Garcia added that a US aircraft, U-28 conducted preliminary surveillance in Visayas and nearby provinces. According to him, “no signs of major damaged structures [was seen], most trees it saw were bending but not down.”