Australia to give P126-M more in aid for typhoon Pablo
Australian ambassador Bill Tweddell, who visited Compostela Valley on January 15, said the scale of destruction was staggering. He commended the Philippine government for its "effective and well-coordinated efforts to address [the] crisis."
UN resident humanitarian coordinator Luiza Carvalho welcomes Australia's announcement. "Australia has been a major contributor to humanitarian response efforts from the beginning," she said. "We are thankful for the support received to date and would like to encourage other donors to also increase their assistance or to make contributions."
At least $76-M is needed to carry out the revised Pablo Action Plan. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), only 41% of this amount ($32-M) has been donated. UNOCHA expects additional pledges of $4.5-M. But this still leaves a funding gap of $44-M.
Over 840,000 people are still displaced, including 700,000 whose livelihoods were destroyed by the typhoon. The humanitarian situation was worsened by flooding caused by heavy rains on January 20.
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