Philip­pines Haiyan re­build­ing ‘in­ad­e­quate’: UN

The China Post - - ASIA -

The Philip­pines has not done enough to re­build af­ter Su­per Typhoon Haiyan, as thou­sands re­main in shanties with­out power or wa­ter for nearly two years, a United Na­tions rep­re­sen­ta­tive said Satur­day.

Many storm sur­vivors in the cen­tral re­gion have had to en­dure re­lo­cat­ing to evac­u­a­tion camps up to three times since Haiyan struck in 2013, and the sub-stan­dard hous­ing leaves them vul­ner­a­ble to fu­ture typhoons, said Chaloka Beyani, U.N. spe­cial rap­por­teur on the hu­man rights of in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons.

“While the gov­ern­ment is to be com­mended in terms of its im­me­di­ate re­sponses, its at­ten­tion to en­sur­ing sus­tain­able durable so­lu­tions for IDPs (in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons) re­mains in­ad­e­quate to date,” Beyani said in a state­ment posted on the U.N. web­site.

Beyani was in the Philip­pines in late July to check on the gov­ern- ment’s han­dling of peo­ple dis­placed by Haiyan and by fight­ing be­tween the mil­i­tary and Mus­lim rebels in the south.

Aside from fall­ing short of safety stan­dards, the wood-and-tin “bunkhouses” also leave women and girls vul­ner­a­ble to sex­ual abuse and early preg­nancy, Beyani said.

The box-like shanties also rob the storm sur­vivors of their “pri­vacy and dig­nity” as they strug­gle to re­build their lives, he said.

Haiyan, the most pow­er­ful storm ever recorded to hit land, wiped out en­tire com­mu­ni­ties and left 7,350 dead or miss­ing when it struck the im­pov­er­ished cen­tral is­lands in Novem­ber 2013.

Roughly 2,000 fam­i­lies re­main in the bunkhouses as well as in palmthatch tem­po­rary homes, said So­cial Wel­fare Sec­re­tary Co­ra­zon Soli­man.

The gov­ern­ment aims to move 70 per­cent of the 2,000 into per­ma­nent con­crete homes by year-end, she said.

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