More funds sought for ‘Sendong’ victims
Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 6, 2012
The United Nations (UN) has asked the international community for more funds to effectively meet the humanitarian challenges in the aftermath of Tropical Storm “Sendong” (International Name: WASHI) that lashed this city over a month ago.
From an initial amount of $28.4 million, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-Ocha) is appealing for $39 million in response to “the dramatic increase of needs” of more than 300,000 people over the period of six months.
So far, the agency said $9.6 million had been raised, including $3 million disbursed from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support aid activities in the immediate aftermath of the storm.
Torrential rains brought by Sendong triggered flash floods in 13 provinces on December 16-18 last year. According to UN estimates, nearly 48,000 houses were damaged and 625,000 people lost their livelihood.
More than 550,000 were also forced out of their homes.
Seven weeks after the disaster, some 21,900 survivors remain in crowded evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, and more than 400,000 people continue seeking refuge in makeshift shelters and with host families in their areas of origin, the UN further noted.
Some have returned to their damaged houses in highly hazardous and disaster-prone areas even as the government had already declared these as “no-build” zones.
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