Philippines typhoon a forgotten disaster: IFRC

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Family in Mindanao, Philippines

Two months after Typhoon Bopha slammed Mindanao in the Philippines, the area remains a "huge, huge concern" for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Jessica Sallabank, an IFRC Media Relations officer in Geneva calls Typhoon Bopha "one of the forgotten disasters of 2012."

She says the category five storm killed more than 1,000 people while 834 are still missing.

It also damaged or destroyed 200,000 homes, affecting as many as six million people, about 10,000 of whom are still living in emergency shelters.

"Ninety-five per cent of these people affected are actually leaving these shelters and going back to live in these damaged houses, so we're talking about wooden bamboo houses with roofs gone, half a wall missing. This is potentially of course very, very dangerous and not sustainable because this area that's hit very often by typhoons and strong winds." (19 secs)

Sallabank says the IFRC has launched an emergency appeal for the victims as there is an urgent need to rebuild homes.

She says the appeal for 16.2 million Swiss Francs is approximately 30 per cent funded.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’13″

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