UN urges more aid for Philippine typhoon recovery

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Associated Press

Posted on December 22, 2013 at 3:33 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 22 at 3:33 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging the international community to ramp up aid for the Philippines' typhoon reconstruction, saying "we must not allow this to be another forgotten crisis."

He met Sunday with key ambassadors stationed in the Philippines and urged donor countries to provide more aid in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the central Philippines on Nov. 8, killing at least 6,100 people.

The U.N. is raising $791 million for a year-long recovery plan. The Philippine government has separately launched an $8.17 billion reconstruction drive over four years.

Ban told reporters at the end of his three-day visit that the U.N. stands firmly with the Philippine efforts to improve preparedness and resilience to natural disasters.

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