UN officials visit evac center in Tacloban

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Monday, December 16, 2013

TOP officials of the United Nations (UN) arrived in Tacloban City over the weekend to personally ensure the ongoing operations it has been conducting in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Eastern Visayas.

Dr. Babatunde Osotimenhin, UN undersecretary general and executive director of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and Tony Lake, United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) executive director, visited the tent city set up inside the compound of Tacloban City Convention Center.

UN official Tony Lake playing with the children in Tacloban City
TACLOBAN. Tony Lake, United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) executive director, playing with the children. (Rowel Montes)

The convention center is presently used as temporary shelter for more than 1,400 people displaced by Typhoon Yolanda in the city.

The UNFPA installed women-friendly spaces at the evacuation center that served as venue for women and girls to get information on how to protect themselves from gender-based violence.

Unicef, on the other hand, has set up some tents that serve as temporary shelter and, at the same time, venue for stress debriefing sessions.

Children undergo stress debriefing in Tacloban City
TACLOBAN. A child smiles for the camera in one of my visits in an evacuation center in Tacloban City, Leyte, one of the areas badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda. The children undergo stress debriefing in this camp set up by the United Nations. (Rowel Montes)

Based on latest reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, a total of 3,424,593 families were affected by the typhoon in 12,139 barangays in 44 provinces in the Philippines.

Out of the affected, 890,895 families were displaced and served both inside and outside evacuation centers. Majority of the displaced families are from Eastern Visayas, one of the areas badly hit by Yolanda, which was considered as the strongest typhoon in the world this year. (Rowel C. Montes/Sunnex)

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