UN allocates US$12 million in emergency funds for typhoon response in Philippines

UN allocates US$12 million in emergency funds for typhoon response in Philippines

NEW YORK: UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths on Thursday announced a US$12 million rapid response allocation from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund to support the response to Typhoon Rai in the Philippines, Xinhua reported.

The allocation will help 220,000 vulnerable people through interventions in food security, protection, water and hygienic sanitation, camp management, shelter and logistics, as well as telecommunications in the hardest-hit Caraga region and Region VIII, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The UN resident coordinator and humanitarian coordinator in the Philippines, Gustavo Gonzalez, said Thursday that Typhoon Rai has been devastating.

Some 3 million people need assistance, among them 1 million children. A total of 631,000 have been displaced and about 200,000 houses have been damaged, he told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York.

People are in urgent need of emergency shelter, drinking water and food, he said.

On Friday, the United Nations will launch a humanitarian needs and priority plan that asks for US$106.5 million, targetting 530,000 people in the worst-hit areas, said Gonzalez.– BERNAMA