WHO and UN telecommunications agency support recovery efforts in the Philippines

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Although personnel and supplies from the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are getting into the Philippines, the agency says reaching those in need remains a challenge.

WHO on Wednesday reports that teams of emergency responders have been positioned or are en route to areas hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan, which has affected more than 10 million people.

The UN health agency says many people suffered cuts, wounds and broken bones during the storm while others would have been injured in subsequent flooding.

Meanwhile, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has dispatched satellite phones, other emergency telecommunications equipment and solar panels to the country to support search-and-rescue efforts.

The ITU says it could take weeks or months before the telecommunications infrastructure in the Philippines  is repaired or replaced.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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