One year after Typhoon Haiyan 20,000 Filipinos still in need of shelter

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On Leyte Island in the Philippines, wooden transitional shelters are under construction to house the displaced caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan whick struck on 8 November 2013. Photo: UNHCR/P. Behan

Around 20,000 people who were displaced by a typhoon which devastated the Philippines in November last year are still in need of shelter, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record anywhere, caused massive destruction, killing more than 6,000 people and displacing over four million others.

UNHCR Spokesperson Adrian Edwards says that a year later, the recovery work is still going on.

"Most of the 4.1 million people who were displaced have either returned home now to rebuild, or been relocated, but solutions are still needed for about 20,000 people who are either living in shelters or in a small number of cases, with host families. With the Philippines Government, UNHCR has brought help over the previous year to more than 700,000 of the most vulnerable survivors." (23")

Relief aid given to the survivors included tents, hygiene kits, kitchen sets and solar lanterns.

Help has also come from private companies based in Singapore, Japan and Sweden.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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