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    ICRC rescues 16M typhoon-affected Filipinos

    THE International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (IRCR) on Tuesday announced it has launched a long-term recovery plan in the typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) stricken regions of the Philippines, where 16 million Filipinos were affected.
    Six months after typhoon “Yolanda” devastated some regions of Central Philippines, ICRC also noted that thousands lost family members, homes and incomes.
    The long term plan, scheduled to run over the next three years, pledged to help 775,000 of the most vulnerable people to recover and improve their resilience to future disasters.
    Philippines Red Cross Chair Richard Gordon said the recovery work would focus on restoring shelter, livelihoods and access to health care, to help affected communities overcome the hardships of the past six months and become self-reliant again.
    Meanwhile, the recovery plan will enhance the Philippine Red Cross' capacity to respond to future disasters through targeted skills training for volunteers and strengthening expertise in disaster management and disaster risk reduction.
    So far, ICRC has collectively raised 315 million Swiss Francs (357 million U.S. dollars) over the Typhoon Haiyan Emergency appeals.
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