UN aid call as typhoon toll tops 600
SWITZERLAND: The United Nations launched a $65 million global
aid appeal Monday to help desperate survivors of a typhoon that killed
more than 600 people and affected millions in the southern Philippines.
Luiza Carvalho, country officer for the UN Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said the funds would initially
help provide food, water and emergency shelter to 480,000 people in the
A third of the country’s banana harvest was wiped out, leaving tens
of thousands of plantation workers without an immediate source of
income, according to industry officials.
The civil defence office in Manila said 647 corpses had been
A total of 780 people are still missing, including about 150
fishermen from General Santos, the country’s tuna capital, who had put
to sea before Bopha hit.
Civil defence chief Benito Ramos has said some of those listed as
missing could be among more than 200 unidentified bodies, many of them
bloated beyond recognition, that have not been claimed by relatives.
At least 5.4 million victims were affected by the typhoon, the civil
defence office said.
The typhoon destroyed 81,000 houses, and more than 300,000 survivors
face months sheltering in crowded government gyms and schools as
officials look for safe places to build new homes.
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the typhoon-devastated region
at dawn Monday showed the precarious situation survivors find themselves
facing, although the quake was too deep to cause any damage.