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An estimated 9.5 million people in the Philippines, including 1.7 million children who lived in the devastated areas, were affected. Safe drinking water, reestablishment of basic sanitation services, food, shelter and appropriate medications are urgently needed to cope with a situation that has overwhelmed local and regional authorities. Over 630,000 people forced from their homes were still dependent upon evacuation centers. In Washington, The President pledged $20 million in humanitarian assistance, including food, shelter material and hygiene kits
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