UN Seeks $65 Million to Help in Philippines Typhoon Recovery

United Nations, Dec 10 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations asked for contributions to raise $65 million USD to assist the victims of Typhoon Bopha that hit the Philippines last week.

The aid will be sent through an action plan for recovery drawn up for that purpose, including emergency shelter, water, food and other elements of basic necessities.

As reported by the coordinating office of the UN Humanitarian Affairs, the aid plan is envisaged to last six months and should cover the needs of 480,000 people in the areas hardest hit by the natural phenomenon.

Last Friday, the Philippine government declared a state of national calamity in the provinces of Compostela Valley, Eastern Davao and South Surigao, Mindanao, and declared itself open to offers of international assistance.

The bulk of the aid will be oriented towards that island in the south, the region hardest hit by the typhoon, which affected more than five million, leaving nearly 500 dead, and 500 missing.