UN approves emergency funding for conflict victims in the Philippines

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Overcrowding at the main evacuation centre in the coastal province of Zamboanga, Philippines, is causing increasing health risks and vulnerability for at least 70, 000 people. Photo: OCHA

The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has given $3 million to help the people of Zamboanga in the southern Philippines recover from the recent armed conflict.

The conflict has displaced more than 125,000 people with nearly half of them living in evacuation centres.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – OCHA, says over 10,000 families have also had their homes completely destroyed by seasonal flooding over the past days.

OCHA Spokesperson in Geneva Yens Laerke says the heavy rains have also destroyed temporary shelters, aggravating the conditions of the displaced.

"The CERF funding is channeled through UN agencies and IOM to respond to the immediate needs of camp coordination and management; water, hygiene and sanitation; protection including child protection and response to gender-based violence; health including reproductive health and food and non-food items such as cooking utensils. Conditions in evacuation centres are overcrowded as conflict-affected people who had returned home – as well as newly displaced flood victims – are now returning to displacement sites. The CERF funding allows to immediately scale up the response in support of government departments and local authorities."

Humanitarian agencies in the Philippines are requesting $24 million  for the overall humanitarian operation which is expected to take six months.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva.

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