Filipino typhoon victims need more help—UN

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MANILA, Philippines—The United Nations launched an appeal Friday for more international aid to help nearly a million people in the Philippines as they recover from last year’s deadliest typhoon in the world.

The UN said it needed another $48.6 million to give “immediate life-saving assistance” to survivors of Typhoon “Pablo” (international codename: Bopha), which killed 1,060 people and left more than 800 others missing in the south of the country in December.

“The magnitude of this disaster demands more, and the funding and resources we have at present are not commensurate with the needs that we must meet,” UN resident and humanitarian coordinator Luiza Carvalho said in a statement.

The UN had appealed for $65 million shortly after Bopha struck, but the total amount needed has risen to $76 million, according to Carvalho. She said the UN had so far raised just $27.36 million.

More than seven weeks after the typhoon smashed through mostly farming areas of Mindanao island, close to 850,000 people “remain displaced” and living typically in flimsy, temporary housing, Carvalho said.

“In the most affected municipalities, people are residing in spontaneous settlements, on the remains of their former homes, and some are living on the sides of roads,” she said.

About 6,000 people have been unable to move out from government-run typhoon shelters at all, and conditions worsened when the region endured fresh flooding this week, Carvalho told Agence France-Presse in a separate interview.

Another nine people have died in the new floods, according to Philippine authorities.

“It’s a sort of a rolling emergency and it’s a matter of concern for all of us,” Carvalho said.

The extra funds would help build durable shelters, identify relocation sites safe from floods and landslides, provide water and sanitation services, and help the mostly rural communities get their farms running again, she said.

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  • $37644997

    Let Gigi write a check.

  • w33k3nd3r

    An institution beyond our borders has spoken in with the utmost concern for those who are really in need. Meanwhile, our SENATE, formerly run by a dirty old man’s hussy is busy squandering the public funds amongst themselves.

  • $41083759

    DSWD nasa pansitan

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    It’s ironic UN appealing for aid to help typhoon victims while the Senators are
    fighting over gifts, bonuses, MOOE!

  • kilabot

    the money is being spent by the senate mooe and noykapon’s junket. 
    typhoon victims are not the priority. 
    abnoying, the new normal.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    if the senators are wallowing on savings and cannot help pablo victims, how much more from the common poor tao. sorry people of comval & dav.oriental – ubos na, wala na. kaya alam nyo na ang gawin ninyo ngayong election.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PAGAV4BF6TFGEFC73TTZNA5NRE Leo

    Si Gigi na mag decide kung anong gagawin sa pera ng bayan

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    hoy manong johnny. di ba sabi mo “gusto ko happy kayo”?..ikaw pa naman ang nag enjoy mag logging sa Mindanao nung Martial Law years..!!! 

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