UN chief inspects typhoon destruction in Philippines

December 21, 2013 - 11:56:43 am

MANILA: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon discussed rehabilitation efforts Saturday with Philippine officials in the wake of a typhoon that left more than 6,000 dead and 4 million homeless. 

Ban visited Tacloban City, the capital of the worst-hit province of Leyte, to assess the damage by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck last month with record winds of more than 300 kilometres per hour, dpa reported.

President Benigno Aquino thanked Ban for the support of various UN agencies in relief and rebuilding efforts.

The UN has made an international appeal for emergency assistance of 790 million dollars. 

Only 33 per cent of the requirement has been funded thus far.

According to the Philippine disaster relief agency, 6,102 people were killed and 1,779 were still missing from Haiyan's onslaught. 

More than 27,000 people were also injured.

The typhoon, the world's strongest on record, destroyed more than 1million homes, key infrastructure and commercial establishments. 

The cost of damage to agriculture and infrastructure was estimated at 36 billion pesos or 837 million dollars. (QNA)

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