UN and its agencies ramp up support to the Philippines following deadly typhoon

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Aerial view of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines – OCHA

United Nations agencies have been stepping up their support to the Philippines in the wake of a deadly typhoon which has caused widespread devastation.

The World Food Programme (WFP) says nearly 10 million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan, with approximately 400,000 displaced and living in shelters.

WFP spokesperson in Geneva, Elizabeth Byers, told UN Radio on Monday that the main challenge facing the agency is logistics.

"The situation is very difficult. There is a huge logistic challenge. There are so much debris to remove, so many difficulties. Roads are impassable. To reach the city centre of Tacloban, which is at the epicentre of the typhoon, from the Tacloban airport it's 11 kilometres and it takes six hours to travel six kilometres." (28 secs)

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken to Philippine Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan and offered the organization's support to the country's people and government.

Mr. Ban also thanked countries for their prompt response to the tragedy, and urged the international community to continue to show solidarity with the people of the Philippines.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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