World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Philippines: UN Seeks $65m to Aid Survivors of Typhoon Bopha

Philippines: UN Seeks $65 Million to Provide Lifesaving Aid to Survivors of Typhoon Bopha

New York, Dec 10 2012 - The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today appealed for $65 million to provide immediate lifesaving aid and support in recovery to the millions affected by Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines.

In a news release, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that the funds would be used for the so-called Action Plan for Recovery, which outlines how the humanitarian community - made up of UN agencies, international and local non-governmental organisations working alongside the Government - will deliver, over a six-month period, assistance to meet the priority needs of survivors.

According to assessments, those needs are emergency shelter, water and sanitation, food and livelihoods.

"The Plan will deliver urgently needed food, water and emergency shelter, and other urgent assistance to 480,000 seriously affected people in the worst hit areas," OCHA stated. "In the weeks and months to come, support will be provided to assist emotional as well as physical recovery, with particular attention to the needs of the most vulnerable."

Typhoon Bopha, known locally as Pablo, cut across the southern Philippines between 4 and 7 December, triggering flash floods and landslides, killing hundreds, devastating houses and crops and affecting the lives of millions of people. It is the strongest typhoon to hit the area in decades.

"I have seen total devastation of villages. Neighbourhoods are completely flattened and houses reduced to debris," the world body's Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines, Luiza Carvalho, said from Davao City in the affected area of southern Mindanao.

"Entire communities, including pregnant women and children, have no shelter," she said, adding that typhoon's impact was "beyond imagination" and people desperately needed help.

In the wake of the typhoon, humanitarian agencies immediately began helping the Government to respond by providing assistance, as requested, from existing stockpiles and carrying out joint rapid damage and needs assessments. On 7 December, the Government of the Philippines declared a state of national calamity and accepted the offer of international assistance made by the world body's Humanitarian Country Team.

In the longer term, OCHA added, the Action Plan for Recovery focuses particularly on the need to rehabilitate the agriculture sector.

The humanitarian agency said that that farmers in Mindanao, one of the poorest areas of the Philippines, have seen their crops devastated, meaning that - in an area highly dependent on subsistence agriculture - thousands are now completely unable to provide for their families.

"I am profoundly moved by the Filipino people and their determination to help each other during this time," said Ms. Carvalho. "We pledge to work alongside them and the Government for as long as it takes to get everyone back on their feet."

For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Ban Condemns Killing Of Former Lesotho Military Commander

United Nations Secretary-General today condemned the killing of Lt. Gen. Maaparankoe Mahao, former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, on 25 June, near Maseru. More>>

Ban Welcomes US Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

Ban welcomes US Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing right to same-sex marriage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) pride march. Photo: OHCHR/Joseph Smida More>>

UN Agency Welcomes EU Measures On Refugee Arrivals

Afghan refugees in front of the abandoned hotel Captain Elias on Kos Island, Greece, where hundreds of refugees and migrants are waiting for their registration. Photo: UNHCR/J. Akkash More>>

Increase In Voluntary Blood Donors Can Save Millions Of Lives

Increase in voluntary blood donors can save millions of lives, UN health agency says on World Day More>>

Kenya: Funding Shortage Means Food Cut To 500,000 Refugees

Funding shortage forces UN agency to temporarily cut food aid to 500,000 refugees in Kenya More>>

UN Launches Education Appeal In Fight Against Child Labour

12 June 2015 – The United Nations has announced it is marking the 2015 edition of the World Day Against Child Labour with a call for the international community to invest in quality education as a key step in the fight against child employment ... More>>

Pope Francis & UN Agency On Sustainability Of Agriculture

Pope Francis (centre) with delegates to the 39th FAO Conference during a special audience at the Vatican. Photo: FAO More>>

South Sudan: Call For De-Escalation Of In-Country Conflict

Women and children have suffered devastating attacks in South Sudan’s Unity State. Photo: UNICEF/South Sudan/Sebastian Rich More>>

Burundi: Emergency Support To Refugees Fleeing Burundi Crisis

Burundians fleeing pre-election violence rest on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a gruelling 22-hour boat journey. More than 100,000 Burundians have fled over the past month, arriving in Tanzania, Rwanda and ... More>>

Afghanistan: Commitment To Advancing Women's Rights

While the outgoing senior United Nations rights official in Afghanistan said she expected the human rights advances made “will be sustained, will not be rolled back, and will not be sacrificed,” she lamented the high level of violence against ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news