Heavy rains slow down Yolanda Relief
by FFE PH News Staff
Rains over Eastern Visayas since Friday have been slowing down relief operations on Yolanda- stricken areas, according to a United Nations (UN) report.
The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reported that organisations involved in humanitarian relief in Leyte and Samar are having difficulties in the field due to risk of landslides and floods, especially in remote areas. The moderate to heavy downpour is brought by a looming low pressure area in the region.
Increased soil erosion has heightened the risk of landslides and flash floods that could endanger the life of not only the residents but also the responders, the report added. The report did not specify the areas at high risk of such natural disasters.
UNOCHA said that relief operations will return to normal once the weather improves.
The report stressed the need to prioritise assistance on remote inland and highland areas because farmers whose crops were destroyed by Yolanda have not yet received any help. Food assistance for Yolanda victims from the UN and other organisations are expected to continue until the rice production season in May.
Supertyphoon Yolanda lashed through Eastern Visayas last 8 November, killing at least 6,000 and affecting over 16 million people.