Sunday, May 22

Philippines: UN seeks $ 106.5 million to help typhoon victims

(Belga) The UN will launch Friday in the Philippines a humanitarian plan valued at 106.5 million dollars (94 million euros) to help the victims of typhoon Rai which devastated the south and the center at the end of last week, a announced Thursday the coordinator of the United Nations in this country, Gustavo Gonzalez.

“Tomorrow, we will carry out at the local level with the international community represented in Manila (…) a presentation of the humanitarian needs and the priority plan” to help the population, he said during a virtual press conference with UN journalists in New York. “The financial request is $ 106.5 million” and “we are targeting at least 530,000 people in the most affected areas,” he said, citing needs in “health logistics” for “access drinking water “, and for” sanitation facilities “. We need “an impetus for total support, a demonstration of solidarity”, underlined Gustavo Gonzalez, noting that “the challenge now is that this solidarity quickly translates into concrete actions”. A week ago, the Philippine islands were ravaged by Typhoon Rai which left at least 375 people dead in the south and center of the archipelago. The typhoon ripped roofs, uprooted trees, destroyed wooden houses and deprived several towns of electricity. (Belga)

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