WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush on Monday declared a major disaster in the Marshall Islands, allowing parts of the Pacific Ocean territory to qualify for federal disaster assistance in the aftermath of Typhoon Zelda.

The president's action makes federal aid available to individuals and local governments in Ebeye Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Lae Atoll and Ujae Atoll.

The area was pounded by Typhoon Zelda on Nov. 28-29.

The aid can include temporary housing, low-interest loans and grants to help repair public structures.