Thousands still living in evacuation centres two months after Philippines storm: OCHA

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Internally displaced people have to settle with living in makeshift houses outside the main sports complex of Zamboanga city. Credit: OCHA

Aid agencies working in the Philippines are concerned about insufficient funding to provide housing for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

Approximately 100,000 people still remain in evacuation centres nearly two months after the devastating storm, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports.

OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke told UN Radio on Tuesday that critical areas such as Camp Coordination and Management are less than 20 per cent funded.

"The concern that we hear now from our partners—UN agencies and NGOs working on the ground—is that there is a problem with shelter. There are still about 100,000 people who are living in evacuation centres, many of them are living in tents almost two months after Haiyan. That's not acceptable. We need to help them get into more semi-permanent housing. To do that, again, we need more funds."

Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on 8 November, displaced more than four million people.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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