UN launches aid drive for ‘Pablo’ victims


DESPERATE FOR AID. Victims of devastating Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) jostle for position as they beg for relief food being distributed by members of a private company in New Bataan in Compostela Valley province on December 9, 2012, five days after the storm hit the southern Philippines. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

After more than 600 dead and close to 800 still missing, the United Nations is launching a global appeal for aid on Monday, December 10, for victims of Typhoon “Pablo.” UN Humanitarian Coordinator Luiza Carvalho will outline plans for an immediate aid package, including long-term support for areas hardest hit by the super typhoon. UN spokeswoman Imogen Wall told Agence France-Presse the priority needs are “food, water and shelter but there’s also a big emphasis on helping people’s livelihood.” Crops were wiped out by strong winds and floods, and agriculture in the badly hit areas needs rehabilitation. The announcement comes on the heels of earlier pledges by Japan and the US to extend aid to disaster-stricken areas.

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