The Philippines: Amid floods and conflict, nearly 700,000 people need aid
The UN and aid agencies appealed for US$38 million today to help nearly 700,000 people living in war-torn and disaster-prone areas in the southern Filipino island of Mindanao.
“The situation remains fragile, and the people continue to live in fear and uncertainty,” said Jacqui Badcock, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines, who launched the appeal in the Filipino capital Manila. “Our goal is to help them rebuild their lives as quickly as possible.”
The funding will be used to distribute food, water and shelter in 2012. It will also fund critical projects to rebuild basic infrastructure and ensure the protection of civilians.
An estimated 860,000 people were uprooted from their homes in June when heavy monsoon rains flooded many areas of the island. Throughout the year, a series of floods severely damaged property, vital infrastructure and agricultural crops, affecting the livelihoods of thousands of people.
Sporadic fighting between the Government and the Moro armed group has exacerbated the situation, leaving some 10,000 people displaced so far this year. Without a peace agreement, displacement figures are expected to remain high next year.