Incessant rain hampers humanitarian aid operations

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Monday, January 20, 2014


THE distribution of relief goods and other aid for the early recovery of typhoon victims in Eastern Visayas was hampered by the incessant rain and landslide in some parts of the region.

In the latest situational report released by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the heavy rains being experienced in Eastern Visayas also hampered the distribution of food and rice seeds, as well as the cash-for-work program of the government.

The emergency food-aid distributions, though, will continue until the next rice production season in May, particularly in remote inland and highland areas of the region.

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The World Food Programme (WFP) and other food and agriculture organizations are gearing up for a medium- to long-term recovery intervention by supporting livelihoods through cash-for-work and other livelihood opportunities such as vegetable, pig and poultry farming in the target affected areas.

It was learned that some 5.9 million workers were affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), with their livelihood and income sources lost or destroyed.

Yolanda lashed central Philippines in November 2013, also killing more than 6,000 people and leaving over 1,000 others missing. (Rowel C. Montes/Sunnex)

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