2 weeks after ‘Sendong,’ survivors’ mental needs wanting – UN
by Ria Rose Uro, InterAksyon.com, December 31, 2011
ILIGAN CITY, Philippines – The United Nations said survivors of the deadly flashfloods that devastated this city when tropical storm “Sendong” struck on December 17 are badly in need of mental health care services.
In its December 28 situation report, the UN’s Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Action said providing psycho-social support services to flood evacuees should be among “the key priorities” in disaster response.
OCHA noted that these services remain limited to those staying in evacuation centers as it stressed that these “must be expanded to include affected populations who have chosen to remain in their areas of origin or with relatives.”
In a December 26 report, the agency said such services have reached only “a small percentage of the affected people.”
It estimated that around 250,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance arising from the disaster.
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