UN wants to raise $ 106,5 million to help victims of Hurricane Rai

UN to present $ 106,5 million emergency plan to Philippines

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The United Nations will present a $ 106,5 million emergency plan to the Philippines today to provide assistance to those affected by Hurricane Rai, which wreaked havoc in the south and central part of the country late last week, the coordinator said on Thursday. of the United Nations in the country, Gustavo Gonzalez.

"Tomorrow (today, Friday) we will make a presentation at a local level together with the organizations of the international community represented in Manila (…) of the humanitarian needs and an urgent plan" to help the population, he explained during a press conference. which was digitally distributed to UN accredited journalists in New York.

"The request is to raise $ 106,5 million in funding to help" at least 530.000 people in the worst-hit areas, "he said, referring to the need to provide sanitation and other facilities to the affected areas to ensure access to safe drinking water. ”And“ water supply facilities ”. "We need full support, a show of solidarity," Gustavo Gonzalez said, adding that "the challenge now is to translate solidarity into concrete action."

One week ago, the Philippine Islands were hit hard by Rai, who left at least 375 dead in the southern and central parts of the archipelago. Extreme winds and torrential rains tore through roofs, uprooted trees, toppled electricity poles, demolished wooden houses and flooded villages.

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