Shelter still among the "enormous needs" two months after deadly Philippines typhoon

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Ruben Galloso and his family have started to repair their home which was ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan. OCHA/Gemma Cortes

Two months after Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread devastation in the Philippines, providing shelter for survivors remains a pressing issue, according to the UN Humanitarian Affairs Office (OCHA).

Over four million people were displaced by the storm which struck on 8 November.

Humanitarian agencies say more funding is urgently needed to scale up activities.

OCHA's Russell Geekie, who is based in Manila, says that a $788 million appeal to support urgent needs including emergency shelter, health and sanitation, is only 42 per cent funded.

"But the greatest needs right now are for shelter. You know, I can't say that enough times. We've provided shelter—at least basic emergency materials—for over 330,000 households. That's more than a million people.  But you still have enormous, enormous needs. There's four million people that are displaced, and this is going to take a long time."

OCHA reports that although schools opened this week, many are still being used as evacuation centres.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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