UN relief coordinator to launch Philippines humanitarian appeal

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Some of the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, the Philippines. UNHCR

UN Emergency Coordinator Valerie Amos will be in the Philippines on Tuesday to launch a humanitarian action plan for the country as it recovers from the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement during an informal briefing to the General Assembly in New York on Monday.

He added that the UN has allocated $25 million to fund critical relief efforts in the Southeast Asian country.

"We have all seen the heart-breaking images of the impact of this huge storm, one of the largest to ever make landfall. Many thousands of people are reported to have died, and almost 10 million people have been affected. I thank Member States for their contributions to the relief effort, which must expand urgently in the days ahead. Let us all show our solidarity with the people of the Philippines at this time of need." (25″)

The Secretary-General opened the meeting by expressing his condolences to the Filipino government and people.

Mr. Ban said he had spoken to President Benigno Aquino and offered the full support of the United Nations.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’15″

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