Typhoon Haiyan displaces thousands of people in Philippines: UNHCR

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Typhoon survivors cross the parking apron at Tacloban Airport to catch a plane bound for Cebu City, where they hope to find help. UNHCR/R.Rocamora

Thousands of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines remain displaced, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

The Agency says the people from Tacloban and other affected areas are believed to have left their home areas in search of family and assistance in surrounding areas or as far away as Cebu and Manila.

UNHCR points out that shortly after the typhoon hit on November 8, people started leaving by sea and air.

Adrian Edwards is UN spokesperson in Geneva.

"Cargo flights delivering aid from Cebu to Tacloban, Guiuan and other places have been returning with plane loads filled with  displaced people every day. The full number is still only an estimated one.  According to the Philippines government, as many as four million people could now be internally displaced. Starting tomorrow, UNHCR and its partners in the protection cluster will set up a designated area at the airport in Tacloban to collect information on these displaced people." (27")

Adrian Edwards says the information will include the displaced people's destinations and vulnerabilities.

He adds that UNHCR will also try to ensure assistance on arrival and to prevent trafficking incidents.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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