Relief efforts are scaled up in typhoon-hit Philippines

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Help is what survivors of Typhoon Haiyan need now. Jason Gutierez/IRIN

Approximately 4.4 million people remain displaced by Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines two weeks ago and damaged more than one million homes.

The United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) says these figures come from the government of the Philippines.

UN Associate spokesperson, Farhan Haq says access and logistics continue to improve, but debris clearing operations continue in some areas, while there are still power outages in others.

"The relief operation in the country has been scaled up substantially, especially in Tacloban. All residents now have access to clean drinking water and hygiene kits are being distributed to help prevent outbreaks of water-borne disease. While much of the international focus has been on Tacloban, many other islands and remote villages also need to be reached, particularly in the Western Visayas region. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos today visited Roxas, an area badly affected by the typhoon and severe winds, where she met with people living in evacuation centres." (28")

Farhan Haq says the head of OCHA told the affected people that the top priorities are helping them build adequate shelters and getting their livelihoods back up and running.

Ms Amos also met the Governor and members of the humanitarian relief teams working in Roxas and praised the coordination among the authorities, humanitarian agencies and militaries who are delivering aid.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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