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    ICRC supports Phl typhoon victims

    DEEPLY moved by the devastation wrought by typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) in Central Philippines, senior representatives of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC) on Wednesday met and discussed in Manila future support to the victims.
    "The conference gives us the chance to reflect on all that we have achieved in the current emergency and how to enhance future cooperation between partners in the Movement as we help communities recover over the next few years," Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon said.
    He added: "We still have so much work to do. Now that the emergency relief phase is ending, we are committed to supporting 350,000 needy people to rebuild and recover their livelihoods."
    In the three months since “Yolanda” tore through the region, Philippine Red Cross, together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have between them distributed emergency relief, including food, shelter items, water and cash to more than 1 million people.
    Jagan Chapagain, Director of the IFRC’s Asia Pacific zone office, welcomed the close cooperation between Red Cross and Red Crescent partners in the emergency phase of the “Yolanda” operation.
    "Since day one, the Philippine Red Cross response to this disaster has been truly inspiring," Chapagain said.
    He said they have been at the forefront of relief efforts. Their years of experience and their investment in disaster management prove that preparedness really pays when this kind of tragedy strikes.
    A recent Red Cross assessment of the typhoon-affected area found that many communities starting to recover are being held back by pre-existing levels of poverty. The assessment team recommended that to have a greater impact, recovery work needs to focus on livelihoods and shelter.
    “Communities have shown extraordinary resolve in rebuilding their lives after this disaster, which has decimated thousands of livelihoods,” said Alain Aeschlimann, the ICRC’s head of operations for Asia and the Pacific. “We are seeking to help the most vulnerable, often located in more remote, inaccessible areas where aid does not always easily reach, through early recovery programs aimed at getting them back on their feet again."
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