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Humanitarian Response Continues In Philippines

News outlets continue their coverage of the humanitarian response in the Philippines. “Nearly two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the central Philippines, experts and activists here are warning that post-disaster reconstruction needs to be more transparent than past efforts, while also focusing on a long-term assistance strategy that goes beyond immediate emergency relief,” Inter Press Service reports (11/21). “The U.N. says it has raised just over a third of the money it needs to provide emergency aid in the central Philippines, 12 days after the region was devastated,” VOA News writes (11/20).

“Ongoing assessments of health care facilities damaged by Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), … show some 41 percent, mostly hospitals, were not functioning as of November 19, forcing patients and their providers to improvise life-saving care,” according to IRIN (11/20). “Aid workers have warned that children in the disaster zone left by typhoon Haiyan are particularly vulnerable, as they set up child-focused services to mitigate the impact,” The Guardian notes (Branigan, 11/20). Gwen Ifill of PBS NewsHour interviews Nancy Lindborg, assistant administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, about the challenges of helping those most affected by the storm (11/20).