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1/8/2014 (8 months ago)

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Hastily constructed homes by survivors vulnerable to future mishaps

Typhoon Haiyan, or "Yolanda" as it is known in the Philippines displaced 4.1 million people when it struck the islands in early November. The United Nations says that funding for shelters remains a top priority. Homes that are being hastily rebuilt by survivors are more vulnerable to future disasters, they warn.

In the months after the typhoon, many schools are still being used as evacuation centers, with 10,000 people being housed in nine schools in Tacloban, which bore the brunt of the storm's destruction.

In the months after the typhoon, many schools are still being used as evacuation centers, with 10,000 people being housed in nine schools in Tacloban, which bore the brunt of the storm's destruction.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/8/2014 (8 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Typhoon Haiyan, shelter, dengue fever, Philippines


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Electricity remains spotty in many areas. There is only limited assistance to remote locations. More importantly, there are many health issues, such as a rise in dengue fever hampering recovery in the Philippines.  

Slamming into the central islands, Typhoon Haiyan reduced almost everything in its path to rubble. There is an estimated 8,000 people dead or missing. Up to 14 million people were affected by the storm and more than one million homes were destroyed. Losses have been set at an estimated $12.9 billion in losses.

However, the United Nations funding for shelters, at 22.5 percent is one of the lowest under the U.N.'s $788 million strategic response plan.

"This is at odds with the huge shelter needs," and more funding is "urgently required" to scale up activities, the report said. "Recent heavy rain and wind added to the urgency of providing medium- to longer-term reconstruction materials, such as in Guiuan, which saw some of the worst destruction."

In the months after the typhoon, many schools are still being used as evacuation centers, with 10,000 people being housed in nine schools in Tacloban, which bore the brunt of the storm's destruction. Schools, having reopened this week, has highlighted the pressing need for new shelters.

While many families have struggled to rebuild their homes after the storm, some houses are being rebuilt to insufficient standards.

Cases of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne virus for which there is currently no approved vaccine or specific drug treatment, are on the rise. There were 37 confirmed cases of dengue in the past week in Ormoc city in Leyte province. Four international aid workers have been medically evacuated from Ormoc with suspected dengue.

Vast parts of the typhoon-hit areas are still suffering from an unreliable supply of electricity. "This is hampering business activities and recovery in most urban and economic centers, such as Tacloban," a report from the U.N. said.

There is also a need to ensure aid is evenly distributed. "Some isolated people living in highland areas, especially in Panay Island and northern Negros Occidental, have received only limited assistance; there is a real risk of deteriorating food security in these areas," the U.N. said.

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