Red Cross international federation calls for more support for ‘Yolanda’ victims


TACLOBAN CITY: The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is urging all donors to continue giving aid so that the long term recovery needs of communities severely impacted by “Yolanda” (Haiyan) can continue.

“Comparing Typhoon ‘Haiyan’ with the 2004 tsunami, the death toll is much lower, but almost five times as many people have been affected,” IFRC country representative Bernd Schell said in a press briefing here on Friday morning.

“We plan on helping communities to rebuild their lives over the next three to four years. This will require considerable resources and sustained support from donors,” he added.

Overall, the Red Cross said the incomes of 5 million people have been disrupted or lost in the wake of “Yolanda”, leaving an estimated 2.4 million people requiring food relief.

Across affected areas of Cebu, Panay, Leyte and Samar provinces, Red Cross has so far given food aid to over 440,000 people and more than 500,000 have been given access to safe water. PNA


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