UN ready to help typhoon-hit Philippines: Ban Ki-moon

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A young girl piggybacks on her father as they wade through floodwaters © Jason Gutierrez/IRIN

The United Nations stands ready to provide humanitarian assistance to the Philippines which has been hit by a typhoon, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

More than 300 people are reported to have been killed and hundreds more are missing after Typhoon Bopha devastated parts of southern Philippines.

UN spokesperson, Martin Nesirky says the Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life and the serious damage to homes and infrastructure caused by the typhoon, known locally as Typhoon Pablo.

"The Secretary-General extends his sincere condolences to the Government and people of the Philippines, particularly those who have lost family members and who have been otherwise affected by this disaster. The United Nations stands ready to provide humanitarian assistance and to mobilize international support for the response."

Duration: 19″

The typhoon, which struck Mindanao Island on Tuesday, is reported to have brought high winds which blew roofs off houses and heavy rains that caused landslides and flooding.

Duration: 1’09″

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