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PostSubject: UN appeals for $103.7m aid   Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:58 pm

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UN appeals for $103.7m aid

UNITED NATIONS - THE United Nations appealed Tuesday for $74 million (S$103.7 million) to help 1 million flood victims in the Philippines, which has been lashed by two major storms.

UN humanitarian chief John Holmes said the appeal is seeking money for food, water, sanitation facilities, emergency shelter and health care for those worst affected by Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon Parma.

To jump-start the response, Holmes said he authorized an immediate allocation of US$7 million from the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund.

The appeal has already received between US$9 million and US$10 million, Holmes said.

In addition to UN efforts, he said many governments in the region and elsewhere, including the United States, are helping in different ways.

Ketsana affected 4 million Filipinos, killed almost 300 people, left about 40 missing and destroyed or badly damaged almost 40,000 houses, Mr Holmes said. Some 300,000 are still in emergency evacuation centres, he said. -- AP
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