‘Agaton’ affects Yolanda-hit areas in E. Visayas

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Saturday, February 1, 2014


TACLOBAN CITY – Tropical Depression “Agaton” which dissipated last week has displaced families, damaged some 1,400 tents and temporary shelters for Yolanda survivors, and affected agriculture in Eastern Samar province.

According to the report from the humanitarian community, Agaton washed out ready-to-harvest crops, exacerbating the food-security situation of typhoon-affected farmers.

Some displaced families from Barangay 88, Fisherman’s Village in Tacloban City were already moved into the bunkhouse located at Motocross in Caibaan district on Thursday.

The Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Emergency Shelter Clusters assisted more than 50 families to transport from their respective tents in the said barangay to the temporary shelter.

The CCCM is leading an inter-cluster group for relocation, assisting to ensure the sites have sufficient capacity to receive beneficiaries from the affected areas of Typhoon Yolanda.

In the recent situation report of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), it indicated that the Government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will start moving this weekend of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from evacuation centers to the bunkhouses.

It was learned that of the 26 bunkhouses under construction, 22 have already been completed, although with technical installations and clearance of the building sites are still underway.

Installation of water, sanitation and hygiene as well as lighting facility is currently being undertaken at the bunkhouse sites.

Meanwhile, the humanitarian community committed to actively involved in assessing the bunkhouses that have been completed to ensure that minimum standards have been met before people occupy them. Also it was stated in the report that monitoring of the on-going construction of the remaining bunkhouses must be continued.

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