UN Chief calls on donors to scale up aid for the Philippines

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Philippines included a stop in Tacloban, where he surveyed the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the international community to speed up and scale up support for a massive recovery plan under way in the Philippines.

Wrapping up a 3 day visit to the country, Mr. Ban Ki-moon called on donors to add to their already generous response to help communities "build back better and safer".

On 8 November, Super Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread destruction, killing nearly 6,000 people and displacing millions.

"They need this support immediately, because there is still a shortage of food, water, sanitation and they need shelter. My impression, having visited Tacloban yesterday, it was a very dire situation and still very dire. At the same time, I was very impressed by such a strong resilience of the people. Businesses were coming slowly to normalcy and people were motivated and I was impressed when many people, citizens, wearing safety helmets, were clearing debris. Whatever they could do, they would do it."

The Filipino Government has recently launched a 4 year plan, amounting to some $8.17 billion, to rebuild the affected areas.

Mr. Ban has pledged the UN's support to the overall strategy.

Meanwhile, the UN's appeal for $791 million in relief aid has only  received 30 per cent of the funds, he noted.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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