Interior Augments U.S. Support to the Republic of Palau with $300,000 for Recovery from Typhoon Surigae

Last edited 05/27/2021
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) is pleased to announce an award of $300,000 in emergency maintenance assistance program funding to the Government of the Republic of Palau to augment U.S. Government support for disaster recovery efforts in Palau following the impacts of Typhoon Surigae on April 16, 2021.

“The OIA team is pleased to provide this emergency assistance to support the President and the people of Palau as they continue to build back and recover from the impacts of Typhoon Surigae,” said Nikolao Pula, Acting Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs. “We are pleased to help provide support to the people of Palau, along with our other federal partners and in support of our bilateral relationship.”

“With Typhoon Surigae damaging over 1,000 homes, the USG continues to support our ally, Palau, with timely funding for communities to rehabilitate homes, schools, and especially healthcare facilities that are making vaccination progress on the fight against COVID-19,” said U.S. Ambassador to Palau John Hennessey-Niland

The funds will be used to rehabilitate and repair schools and health-care facilities that were damaged by Typhoon Surigae to include roofs, walkways, water tanks and pumps, windows, signage, and other related equipment.

While no lives were lost, the slow movement of Surigae combined with winds up to 75 miles per hour, heavy rainfall, and significant storm surges contributed to widespread damage and destruction to infrastructure, crops, livestock, and dwellings in several states across Palau. It was reported that 100% of households and infrastructure in the outer islands and at least 10% on Palau’s main island of Koror were affected. Vaccination progress for COVID-19 and other immunization programs have been hampered due to the widespread damage to households and infrastructure.

Several federal partners provided support to Palau immediately following the disaster including the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The OIA Maintenance Assistance Program is made available each year by Congress to support priorities in the U.S. territories and the freely associated states. More information about the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs can be found at

The Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, @InsularAffairs, and the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) carry out the Secretary of the Interior’s responsibilities for the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additionally, OIA administers and oversees federal assistance under the Compacts of Free Association to the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Follow and “like” OIA on Facebook and subscribe to the OIA YouTube Channel.




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