Two months after Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) devasted southern Philippines, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continues to appeal for funds to support its aid operations for hundreds of thousands of survivors.
In a statement, the ICRC said they are appealing for more than P1.3 billion (close to 30 million Swiss francs).
"Together with the Philippine Red Cross, we will provide food and other essentials, such as tarpaulins, mosquito nets, cooking utensils, and soap and other hygiene items, for up to five months to 300,000 people who lost virtually everything during the typhoon," said Alain Aeschlimann, the ICRC’s head of operations for East Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific.
Aeschlimann said they would also help in restoring livelihood and reconstructing partially destroyed houses at the affected areas.
"Our assistance will include a cash-for-work programme to upgrade agricultural production areas, and provide people with seed, seedlings, tools and equipment to enable them to restart farming," he added.
In addition, the ICRC with the Philippine Red Cross is set to support the repair of the damaged water supply system and the reconstruction of health facilities.
Last December, Typhoon Pablo hammered large swaths of Mindanao, Visayas and Northern Palawan and left a trail of death and destruction in its wake. Over a thousand people were killed while hundreds were reported missing.
Other cyclones that made landfall in the Philippines this year were Typhoon Helen in August with peak intensity of 120 kph and Typhoon Ofel in October at 155 kph. — Amanda Fernandez/RSJ, GMA News