In the wake of Typhoon Hoi Haiyan, the UK has been hit with the largest aid bill ever.
The UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) said it had spent £1bn ($1.9bn) for humanitarian aid, including more than $800m for disaster relief, including providing food, water and fuel.
The total amount of aid received by UK aid agencies, including the government, was £1.7bn, the DfID said.
More than two thirds of the UK’s $4.4 trillion national debt is owed to foreign countries.
The Government also pledged £150m to help the poor, including £5,000 to help rebuild the country’s schools, and £30m to rebuild a health centre in the north of England.
“The UK has already committed to spend $4bn for Typhoon Haiya relief in 2020 and this is another step towards achieving that target,” a spokesman for the DfeID said in a statement.
The aid spending is a record.
In the same year, the US spent $1.3bn for disaster assistance, $1 billion of which was spent on rebuilding schools and other government infrastructure.
The United States had previously set a target of $2.5bn in aid for humanitarian relief, but this was eclipsed by the £1 billion to help Typhoon Haiyion victims in the UK.
The $2bn spent on Typhoon Hai-Haiyan relief in the US has been divided among a number of different agencies, ranging from the US Agency for International Management to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the agency said.
“In 2020, we plan to spend another $1,300 per household, which is the largest single allocation of aid ever allocated to a single country,” the Dffid said.