Philippine post-storm response: Update on aid pledges

Donations and pledges of support are pouring into the flood-hit region of southern Philippines, particularly after the country’s government announced it would be accepting international aid as it deals with the situation in Mindanao, where the number of casualties and victims continue to rise.

The Philippine government initially put off appealing for international assistance, explaining it is “generously equipped to mobilize and support disaster relief efforts.”

But as noted by Valerie Amos, the U.N. under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, the needs of the affected population are huge and require additional supplies and expertise, and a rapid scaling up of disaster response efforts. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, meanwhile, has identified the most urgently needed supplies as water, sanitation, food, emergency shelter and hygiene.

Amos said she has allocated $3 million from the U.N.’s Central Emergency Response Fund for kick-starting some of the much-needed relief activities in Mindanao. Meanwhile, the local U.N. humanitarian coordinator, Soe Nyunt-U, appealed for $28 million to boost relief operations in Mindanao, where he said cities were as if “hit by an inland tsunami.”

Here’s a round-up of the latest pledges, as well as funding appeals, for relief efforts in Iligan City, Cagayan de Oro and other affected areas in the Philippines:

The Philippine government, meanwhile, has added an additional 1 billion Philippine pesos ($22.9 million) to its 1.2 billion Philippine pesos calamity fund.

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