UN appeal for more funds for typhoon-devastated areas in Philippines

UN appeal for more funds for typhoon-devastated  areas in PhilippinesU.  N. agencies say they will ask for funds aiming at a 12-month plan to revive areas distressed by a super typhoon in the central Philippines in addition to $348 million they had sought for immediate relief.

On Friday, Orla Fagan of the U.  N.  Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Manila said that the plan is expected to be ready by next month with help from various aid groups.

The Philippine economy grew at the slowest pace in more than a year last quarter, with damage from Super Typhoon Haiyan further crimping the outlook for full-year expansion before a reconstruction boost.

A disaster response officer of the International Labor Organization said 5.6 million workers have lost their livelihoods, including 2.4 million who already were rated as very poor before Typhoon Haiyan tore through the country's Visayas region early this month.

The government disaster agency says the death toll counted to 5,600, more than 1,700 are missing and over 3.8 million have been displaced.  Arsenio Balisacan, Economic Planning Secretary said, rebuilding in typhoon-affected areas may take three to four years, and the government plans an initial budget of 38.8 billion pesos ($887 million) to cover a year.

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