Philippines typhoon victims need more help–UN


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 name: 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 Pablo 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 AFP 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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  • kanoy

    More than seven weeks after the typhoon smashed through mostly farming areas of Mindanao island the Philippine SENATE, CONGRESS & PRESIDENT have NOT given funds, nor passed 1 emergency aid bill, deciding instead to rely 100% on the U.N.
    When the worst Hurricane in US history, SANDY, hit almost the same time, end of October, the US Senate passed a $68.4 billion emergency aid bill in just 5 weeks, US Congress OK $9.6 billion of it 5 weeks after that and President Obama signed a bill for the remaining $59 billion 2 weeks after that
    Yet the Philippines has done nothing to help itself…why don’t the richest organization in the world THE VATICAN give the last $50 million needed?

    • murtson

      The passed millions of bonuses to the Senators! Shame on you, Pilipino Senators!

  • Your_King

    Let’s hear Aquino talk about this in Davos. It doesn’t make sense how a President can ignore hundreds and thousands of victims and boast about accomplishments in jailing a former President. A country is as strong as its weakest link and Aquino has ignored the poor and poverty stricken Filipinos. The rich and powerful in the government especially Aquino should be battling for the poor to help them rise above poverty and help victims of natural disasters but instead the rich and powerful and content in pursuing political battles amongst each other.

  • Reynaldo Quijada

    This is true but some local incumbent politicians are discouraging many donors from giving more aid as these politicians are claiming that these relief goods are theirs to bolster their reelection, keep these goods in their houses, hold the distribution of these goods until the campaign period and worse deprive voters who are not their supporters from availing of these relief goods!!!

  • murtson

    The UN is full of incompetence. Sending help to the typhoon victims by foreign countries are wasted because of corruption and shortchanging. Donor countries must handle the distribution of relief goods and money otherwise the officials assigned to do the relief operations will just stash the sum and goods to their own pockets and warehouses, respectively. Look at Davao Oriental! UN, study the culture of corruption in the Philippine first before giving help.

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