Manila — The United Nations says it is launching an action plan to meet the needs of Filipinos victimized by the Bohol earthquake that requires at least US$46.8 million.
“The Philippines experienced successive, multiple and simultaneous disasters recently,” said Luiza Carvalho, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines, adding: “Humanitarian actors currently responding to several calamities are stretched to full capacity and we need support to provide an effective, needs-based intervention to complement the Government’s timely and hands-on response.”
The October 15 magnitude 7.2 quake that struck the Central Philippines killed at least 211 people, and injured over 752, according to the latest figure.
Carvalho said providing emergency shelter for the 344,000 displaced and homeless, as well as provisions for water, sanitation and hygiene is an immediate concern for the humanitarian effort, as well as other life-saving interventions, according to reports.
The arrival of northeast monsoons in the Visayas region makes the need for shelter even more critical.
“People urgently require temporary and transitional shelter, to protect them from the elements. We are concerned for the most vulnerable, especially the well-being of women and children,” she said.
Many of the victims have also lost their livelihood, she said, and stressed the importance of timely and targeted aid.
The $46.8 million estimated cost of assistance only covers the humanitarian needs, and does not include the price of the damage brought on by the disaster. Image/globalnation.inquirer.net/ALANAH TORRALBA/ IFRC