ONU desembolsa 25 millones de dólares para asistencia inmediata a Filipinas

11 nov 2013

imagecalles inundadas en Obando, Bulacan, luego del paso del supertifón Ondoy (Ketsana) en 2009. El PNUD trabaja para dismunuir la vulnerabilidad de los filipinos a los desastres naturales y aumentar su capacidad de recuperación. (Photo: Eliot Avena/PNUD Filipinas)

New York — Naciones Unidas desembolsó 25 millones de dólares del Fondo Central Rotatorio de la ONU para Emergencias (CERF) para facilitar a las agencias humanitarias la asistencia inmediata a los damnificados por el supertifón Haiyan en Filipinas.

Así lo anunció el director de operaciones de la Oficina de la ONU para la Coordinación de Asuntos Humanitarios (OCHA) durante una conferencia de prensa celebrada hoy en Nueva York.

John Ging informó que existen al menos 9,8 millones personas afectadas, 660.000 desplazados y cifras estimativas de más de 10.000 muertos.

“Estamos concentrados en los requerimientos de alimentos, albergues, agua potable, apoyo médico, en la prevención de desastres de salud pública con tantas personas fallecidas, así que el entierro de esos cuerpos es una prioridad. Muchos lugares están atestados de cadáveres”, detalló.

Agregó que las rutas, puentes y aeropuertos destruidos o dañados obligan al personal humanitario a sobreponerse a las barreras logísticas y dificultan enormemente las tareas de socorro.

Ging anunció que la titular de OCHA, Valerie Amos, está en camino a Filipinas, donde se reunirá con el gobierno para presentar mañana en Manila un llamado a los donantes internacionales para apoyar la emergencia en ese país.

Subrayó que la ferocidad de los vientos que causaron daños a gran escala hace de Haiyan la peor tormenta de su tipo registrada en el último siglo.

nknown numbers of survivors do not have basic necessities such as food, water and medicines and remain inaccessible for relief operations, as roads, airports and bridges were destroyed or covered in wreckage.

“UN emergency response teams arrived in Tacloban city within 12 hours of the disaster. Specialist teams from member states and humanitarian agencies are committed and mobilized, and making their way to the Philipppines. They are pooling resources, food and non-food items to assist the most vulnerable people,” said Luiza Carvalho, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines.

“It is vital that we reach those who are stranded in isolated areas as they are at risk of further threats such as malnutrition, exposure to bad weather and unsafe drinking water,” she said.

Relief operations have begun including airlifting of lifesaving food, health, medical and other supplies. Available stockpiles were also released to meet immediate needs.

“We must ensure everybody including the most vulnerable - children, the sick, the elderly and the disabled areprotected from further suffering, having survived this terribly traumatic event,” said Ms Carvalho. “I want to thank Member States and the humanitarian community for their prompt response and I urge continued international assistance.”

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

- See more at: http://reliefweb.int/report/philippines/concern-rises-people-who-remain-cut-relief-efforts-philippines#sthash.eQXDuIMB.dpufManila, 10 November 2013): The United Nations and the humanitarian community have ramped up critical relief operations following the devastating super typhoon that hit the Philippines on 8 November. However, access remains a key challenge as some areas are still cut off from relief operations.

The Government of the Philippines in partnership with Member States has mobilized search and rescue efforts and continue to clear main roads. Relief efforts involve creating a pipeline of aid and goods distribution with deployment of relief specialists and logistic support. However travel to remote locations remains a challenge and there are areas that have not yet been reached to assess casualties and damage.

Unknown numbers of survivors do not have basic necessities such as food, water and medicines and remain inaccessible for relief operations, as roads, airports and bridges were destroyed or covered in wreckage.

“UN emergency response teams arrived in Tacloban city within 12 hours of the disaster. Specialist teams from member states and humanitarian agencies are committed and mobilized, and making their way to the Philipppines. They are pooling resources, food and non-food items to assist the most vulnerable people,” said Luiza Carvalho, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines.

“It is vital that we reach those who are stranded in isolated areas as they are at risk of further threats such as malnutrition, exposure to bad weather and unsafe drinking water,” she said.

Relief operations have begun including airlifting of lifesaving food, health, medical and other supplies. Available stockpiles were also released to meet immediate needs.

“We must ensure everybody including the most vulnerable - children, the sick, the elderly and the disabled areprotected from further suffering, having survived this terribly traumatic event,” said Ms Carvalho. “I want to thank Member States and the humanitarian community for their prompt response and I urge continued international assistance.”
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.
- See more at: http://reliefweb.int/report/philippines/concern-rises-people-who-remain-cut-relief-efforts-philippines#sthash.eQXDuIMB.dpuf