UN moves to assist Philippines amid heavy rains

UN moves to assist Philippines amid heavy rains
# 21 August 2013 01:42 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. UN agencies have been working to assist the Philippines after heavy monsoon rains flooded half of its capital and killed at least seven people, a UN spokesman said here on Tuesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that "torrential monsoon rains continue to affect the Philippines," Martin Nesirky told reporters at a daily briefing.

In response to the disaster, the World Food Program will provide 50 metric tons of high energy biscuits to the flood- battered people, the spokesman said.

Heavy rains have submerged Metro Manila and the main island of Luzon for the past two days, affecting more than 140,000 people who have sought shelters in 200 evacuation centers or gone to relatives' or friends' homes, said Nesirky.

The heavy monsoon rains in the Philippines, intensified by almost stationary tropical storm Trami, drenched most of the country's metropolis, forcing closures of schools and government offices.

Philippine officials also pledged continued assistance to the victims. Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said that there were enough relief supplies for the victims and evacuation centers could still accommodate more evacuees, but she called on volunteers to help repack relief goods and food packs.

The Department of Health also distributed doxycycline capsules in Metro Manila to protect people from seven-day fever, a serious bacterial disease that can be acquired through exposure to contaminated floodwater.

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