Republic of the Marshall Islands

A USAID/OFDA partner installs a reverse osmosis machine in Wotho Atoll to provide relief to communities suffering from severe dr
A USAID/OFDA partner installs a reverse osmosis machine in Wotho Atoll to provide relief to communities suffering from severe drought.
Fiona Baker, USAID/OFDA


Key Developments

On September 19, a 30-day shipment of food commodities procured by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (USDA/FNS) arrived in Majuro, the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), by boat. To date, USDA/FNS has provided more than 367 metric tons of food commodities to assist populations residing in drought-affected atolls of RMI. USAID partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM) continues to transport USDA/FNS-provided food commodities to affected atolls and islands via chartered boat on a monthly basis.

IOM has contracted a plane to support IOM and humanitarian partner operations in RMI, including the transport of survey teams and reverse osmosis technicians. As of September 13, the air bridge had completed 34 flights to eight drought-affected atolls and islands.

The Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster—the coordinating body for humanitarian WASH activities in RMI—is currently conducting a household survey covering existing water supply, water harvesting methods and systems, and water use in all drought-affected atolls and islands. WASH Cluster members, including IOM and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in coordination with the Government of RMI, trained and deployed local teams to conduct the survey.

HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO RMI IN FY 2013*

USAID/OFDA

$3,104,796

USAID/FNS

$1,386,847

Total U.S. Government (USG) Assistance to RMI

$4,491,643

*These figures are current as of September 30, 2013

Background

In November 2008, USAID assumed responsibility for disaster response and reconstruction in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and RMI from FEMA, reflecting the transition of FSM and RMI from U.S.-administered trust territories to independent countries. USAID and FEMA developed an Operational Blueprint to provide a framework for USG disaster response and reconstruction in the two nations, under which USAID maintains FEMA’s previous commitment to supplementing host government efforts as necessary to provide humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of significant disasters. USAID/OFDA collaborates closely with FEMA, as well as with USAID/Philippines and USAID’s Asia Bureau, to implement programs in FSM and RMI.

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Last updated: October 31, 2013

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