WHO concerned about hard to reach communities one week after Typhoon Haiyan

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Residents in Tacloban, Philippines, wait to receive aid (© UNICEF Philippines/2013/Maitem)

One week after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, the full extent of the disaster is becoming increasingly clear, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

The agency reported that humanitarian hubs have been established in at least seven of the hardest-hit provinces and that aid is beginning to reach people in need.

However, WHO said the scope of the disaster could be larger as approximately 20 smaller islands and remote communities may have been impacted by the storm.

Gregory Hartl is WHO spokesperson in Geneva.

"The major concern for us a week after the typhoon hit is injury management because there is a substantial group of people that we are concerned about who have been injured and might not yet have been seen to. And at this point, if their injuries cannot be addressed there is the chance that they will unfortunately succumb rather than survive."

WHO estimates there are more than 200,000 pregnant women and 130,000 breastfeeding women in the affected areas who need services.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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