UN, Partners Seek $45.5 Million to Assist Victims of Super Typhoon Goni in Philippines

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 10 November 2020 10:25 WIB
    UN, Partners Seek $45.5 Million to Assist Victims of Super Typhoon Goni in Philippines
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    Jakarta: The Humanitarian Country Team in the Philippines has launched a Humanitarian Needs and Priorities Plan to respond to the needs of 260,000 of the most vulnerable people in provinces affected by Super Typhoon Goni.

    The Plan calls for US$45.5 million to deliver and implement humanitarian activities to typhoon-affected people living with poverty prior to the disaster and now requiring urgent humanitarian assistance in 16 prioritized municipalities in Catanduanes and Albay provinces in support of the Government response. 

    The plan has been developed based on preliminary assessment findings and early estimates of people in need to enable humanitarian partners to kick-start immediate life-saving and protection activities.

    On November 8, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Gustavo Gonzalez, led an inter-agency fact-finding team to Albay Province to witness first-hand the damage wrought by the typhoon. 

    During the mission, he spoke with local officials, frontline responders, and typhoon-affected people in Albay Astrodome in Legazpi and surveyed the impact of the powerful typhoon on the coast in Tiwi, where the second landfall occurred.

    "Seeing the devastating effects of the typhoon, we express our deep concern for the thousands of families affected by this disaster," said Gonzalez in a press release on Monday. 

    "The UN and humanitarian partners in the Philippines are mobilizing all our resources to ensure that we leave no one behind at this time of great need," he added.

    The Government of the Philippines made significant efforts to protect people and infrastructure, leveraging the investment made since Typhoon Haiyan exactly seven years ago and underlining the leadership role played by local officials. 

    As Typhoon Goni approached, the local authorities pre-emptively evacuated over 480,000 people, effectively saving lives. 

    At the invitation of the Government, over 80 humanitarian partners in the country – including the United Nations (UN), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and the private sector – are scaling up life-saving and protection response activities in support of the Government response, building on established partnership agreements and relationships strengthened over years of collaboration.

    The Plan aims to save lives and livelihoods by providing immediate, integrated humanitarian assistance and protection to those in the most urgent need; restoring livelihoods and access to critical services to promote the rapid recovery of the most affected communities; and addressing the needs and advocating for the rights of vulnerable populations such as women, boys and girls, and persons with disabilities. 

    Humanitarian assistance is reaching people in need despite complications in operations due to covid-19 prevention measures.

    (WAH)

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