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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs launches revised Typhoon Pablo Action Plan

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) launched on 25 January 2013 the Revised Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) Action Plan, which increased the target international assistance to USD76 million. This is a 17 per cent increase or USD11 million more than the original appeal of USD65 million.

Super Typhoon Pablo gravely affected a number of provinces in Mindanao, particularly Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Agusan Del Sur and Surigao del Sur, in December 2012.

The assistance fund will be used to provide for the health and nutritional needs of the affected population, estimated at around 6.2 million and will also be utilized to build shelters for the survivors.

According to Ms. Luiza Carvalho, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines, there is still a need for durable shelters to replace an approximate of 216,000 homes destroyed. The new shelters will be built in relocation sites which will be identified by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) by the end of February this year.

According to UNOCHA a total of US27 million in funding has been received to date.

Further details on the Typhoon Pablo Action Plan may be accessed at the website, http://philippines.humanitarianresponse.info](http://philippines.humanitarianresponse.info).

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