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Full Cost of Philippines Storm Still Not Known

More than four million people are now thought to be caught up in the aftermath of the devastating Philippines storm, reports Plan International.

Typhoon Haiyan triggered storm surges and flash floods after tearing through the islands on Friday with winds of up to 195 mph.

Homes were splintered, farmland swamped and bridges wrecked, with many remote areas still cut off.

A Rising Death Toll

While the official death toll remains at 150, this is expected to rise significantly, with some reports it could be above 10,000.

“Unfortunately, it looks like the relatively low number of confirmed dead so far is likely to go up,” says Plan’s country director in the Philippines, Carin van der Hor.

Aid workers for Plan are helping survivors in the worst hit areas, having stockpiled water kits, hygiene kits and shelter materials before the storm.

“The winds were simply too strong for many buildings,” says Ms. van der Hor.

“We’re talking about really poor areas that simply can’t withstand these winds, so we have extensive damage to houses and livelihoods.”

Aid Distribution

Extra staff from other Plan offices in Asia are flying into the Philippines to help colleagues with aid distribution.

“Children are always badly affected by disasters like this; some will lose their lives, or lose parents, siblings and extended families,” adds Carin van der Hor.

“Everything that is familiar and safe is disrupted or destroyed, including homes, schooling and family livelihoods. Some of these children will witness things no child should have to see."

On average 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year, with 2 or 3 of them devastating. Haiyan is the most powerful this year.

All of Plan Philippines’ program units, home to about 40,000 sponsored children, are likely to have been affected.

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