U.N. offers to mobilize help for ‘Pablo’


WAVE OF DESTRUCTION. This is what a Davao Oriental town looked like after typhoon "Pablo" struck. Photo from the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division's Facebook page

The United Nations has offered to mobilize international support for the Philippines after Typhoon “Pablo” left more than 400 dead. Rescue and relief operations intensified 3 days after the typhoon smashed into Mindanao; at least 300 more people remain missing. President Benigno Aquino III was scheduled to visit the worst-hit provinces, Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, on Friday, December 7. The government has appealed for food, bottled water, hygiene kits, thermos, tents, among others. In New York, UN leader Ban Ki-Moon’s spokesman Martin Nesirky said: “The United Nations stands ready to provide humanitarian assistance and to mobilize international support for the response.”

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