The United States Ambassador to Colombia, Philip S. Goldberg, today announced that the U.S. will provide US $100,000 to respond to the request for humanitarian assistance made by the Government of Colombia. These funds will support the efforts of the national government to respond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Iota in the San Andres and Providencia archipelago.
“The close and enduring friendship between the United States and Colombia means we are there for each other in times of need,” said Ambassador Goldberg. “We are proud to be able to support the people of San Andres and Providencia as they confront this devastating natural disaster.”
The initial funding will be used to purchase communications equipment, supplies for clearing debris, and other critical aid supplies for affected populations.
Additionally, the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team, which is working with the U.S. Embassy, the Government of Colombia, local institutions and humanitarian organizations to evaluate needs and identify the most urgent priorities.