Government Distributes More than $25 Million in Hawaii Earthquake Aid

December 26, 2006

More than $25 million in disaster relief has been distributed to 2,000 families and individuals since two earthquakes rattled the Big Island on Oct. 15.

The largest block of money was $16.3 million in Small Business Administration loans for 459 homes and businesses, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Another $8.6 million in grants was distributed from the FEMA Housing Program.

More than $43,000 was spend on 121 applications for reimbursement of personal property, transportation, medical, dental and miscellaneous losses.

About $5,000 was given out in U.S. Department of Agriculture emergency loans.

Federal financial aid is still available, but Big Island residents only have until 6 p.m. Friday to apply for assistance. Those suffering agricultural damages have until July 9 to file for relief.

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