UN seeks $65M for PH typhoon aid

Posted at 12/10/2012 5:05 PM | Updated as of 12/10/2012 5:05 PM

DAVAO, Philippines - The United Nations launched a $65 million global aid appeal Monday to help hundreds of thousands of people affected by a deadly typhoon that ravaged the southern Philippines.

Luiza Carvalho, country officer for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said the funds would help provide food, water and emergency shelter to 480,000 people in the worst-hit areas.

She said the impact of the typhoon was "beyond imagination" and people desperately needed help.

"I have seen total devastation of villages. Neighborhoods are completely flattened and houses reduced to debris. Entire communities, including pregnant women and children, have no shelter," she said in a statement.

Typhoon Pablo (international codename Bopha) cut across the Southern Philippines last weel, triggering flash floods and landslides, killing hundreds, devastating houses and crops and affecting the lives of millions of people. It is the strongest typhoon to hit the area in decades.

The UN said the action plan for recovery outlines how the humanitarian community will deliver assistance to meet the priority needs of survivors, which according to assessments are emergency shelter, water and sanitation, food and livelihoods.

In the longer term, the plan focuses particularly on the need to rehabilitate the agriculture sector.-- With Agence France-Presse