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United Nations seeks $ 107.2 million in aid for typhoon victims in the Philippines

The United Nations yesterday launched a campaign to raise $ 107.2 million for the victims of typhoon Rye that struck the Philippines.
The funding is targeted at 530,000 people in the worst-damaged areas who are in desperate need of drinking water, sanitation, food and emergency shelters.
“There is momentum in full support,” Gustavo Gonzalez, UN Resident Coordinator of the Philippines, said earlier in a virtual press conference.
“The challenge now is that all of this announcement and solidarity will be quickly transformed into concrete actions.”
Rye devastated the southern and central strips of the archipelago when the archipelago was hit by a super typhoon, killing at least 375 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.
It destroyed houses, uprooted trees, wiped out crops, shattered fishing boats, and seized power across the island.
The military, Coast Guard, and humanitarian organizations are competing to secure food, drinking water, and temporary shelter in the most affected areas.
However, the scale of the destruction, the lack of mobile phone signals and the Internet in many areas, and the depletion of government funding after Covid-19’s response have hampered efforts to distribute aid.
“Rye intensified from a tropical cyclone to a super typhoon within a few hours, which I think is a lesson learned from the perspective of the effects of climate change,” Gonzales said.
The storm surprised everyone, he said, saying it did not follow the normal “orbit” of the Filipino typhoon, which tends to land further north.
Scientists have long warned that typhoons are intensifying more rapidly as the world warms due to human-induced climate change.
The Philippines is ranked as one of the most vulnerable countries to its impact, with an average of 20 storms each year.
In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm in history, killing or missing more than 7,300 people.

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/706830/UN-seeks-107-2mn-aid-for-Philippine-typhoon-victim United Nations seeks $ 107.2 million in aid for typhoon victims in the Philippines

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