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10 October 2013: Since early September, fighting between the Moro National Liberation Front and the Armed Forces of the Philippines has claimed the lives of at least 130 people and destroyed more than 10,000 houses in the Santa Catalina district of Zamboanga City.

An estimated 170,000 Filipinos have been affected in the two districts Zamboanga and Basilan, including 131,400 internally displaced persons (IDPs). The sudden wave of new IDPs poses a devastating challenge to a country that is already burdened by chronic poverty.

To help meet the urgent needs of the affected people, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$3,015,540 to five United Nations agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The allocations are expected to benefit 131,000 people.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received $660,391 to strengthen child protection efforts and ensure water, sanitation and hygiene services.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has received $205,037 to prevent gender-based violence and to ensure access to reproductive health services.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has received $149,916 to provide protection for the affected and vulnerable populations.

With an allocation of $800,213, the World Food Programme (WFP) will provide emergency food assistance and logistical support.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has received $199,983 to provide life-saving health services.

IOM has received $1,000,000 to coordinate and manage camp and shelter support to the IDPs.