UN humanitarian chief visits Yolanda-hit villages

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Friday, February 28, 2014


UNITED Nations Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos visited anew on Wednesday, February 26, villages in Tacloban City, Leyte that were badly hit by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Amos visited the Philippines for the third time to assess the humanitarian response and to see how much of the support of the UN to the affected areas was poured in 108 days after the destructive typhoon that affected thousands of people in Eastern Visayas alone.

In an interview, Amos said that at present, the appeal for funding for the whole year is about 42 percent, covering food, shelter, water, hygiene and sanitation facilities, reconstruction and provision of livelihood, among others.

During her visit, Amos inspected several affected communities in Tacloban City and the ongoing relief operation efforts.

She visited the communities in Barangay 89, recipients of Holy Spirit Sisters (HSpS) who received 40 fishing boats recently.

Amos also checked the coastal area of Old road in Sagkahan, Tacloban City.

She also went to the Redemptorist Church, where she visited children staying in a tent. The Catholic Relief Service (CRS) showed her two model houses during her visit.

The model houses were made of light materials but can last for years, and the CRS said they will be built for displaced families living in coastal barangays.

Shelter Engineer Roel Bansali said they are targeting to build 3,000 units for the first phase to cater to 17 barangays and will benefit about 15,000 people.

Asked in an interview, Amos said she keeps on coming back to the Philippines as thousands of people needed support, and she is looking for lasting housing solutions.

The UN humanitarian chief visited the country twice in November last year, two weeks after Typhoon Yolanda, to see the impact of the disaster and to ensure adequate humanitarian assistance. (PIA)

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