EU pledges more money as UN says situation improving
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 01:05
Nov. 16 - EU pledges more money to Philiipines, while UN says relief response is improving but hurdles lie ahead. Chris Meyers reports.
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STORY: More aid is pledged to the Philippines after one of the world's most powerful typhoons.
The head of the European Community Humanitarian Office Kristaline Georgieva has promised that aid from the EU will exceed 25 million U.S. dollars.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF THE EUROPEAN EUROPEAN COMMUNITY HUMANITARIAN OFFICE (ECHO), KRISTALINA GEORGIEVA, SAYING:
"The Commission is providing an additional seven million euros, that brings the funding from the European Commission to 20 million euros for immediate relief and also for building early recovery, because clearly the need of shelter here is enormous"
The United Nations says that international aid is finally reaching the worst hit areas in the central Philippines after a super typhoon ripped through the country.
But the UN says still more needs to be done with nearly two million homeless and thousands dead.
(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) MOTHER OF FOUR, VIOLETA DAGATAN, SAYING:
"It's difficult to return to Tacloban. There are still corpses on the roads, it smells. There hasn't been much cleaning done."
She like hundreds of others, has seen her family wrenched apart. Violeta Dagatan had to leave one of her four children behind with his grandmother. Now she watches every plane to see if it carries her son.
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