UN humanitarian chief to visit the Philippines

UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos will visit the Philippines from 26 to 27 February to assess the humanitarian response almost four months after Typhoon Haiyan struck the country, affecting an estimated 14 million people. 

During her visit, Ms. Amos is expected to meet with representatives of the Government,
local authorities and humanitarian partners. She plans to travel to Guiuan and Tacloban
where she will visit communities affected by the typhoon and look at ongoing relief
efforts.

While the Government-led relief operation has made marked progress, millions of people
still require urgent assistance to rebuild their lives and livelihoods. More than a million
homes were damaged or destroyed and over 4 million people were displaced, with many
still in need of support to find durable housing solutions. Farmlands and fishing
equipment were decimated, limiting people’s ability to produce food or earn an income.

Ms. Amos previously visited the Philippines twice in November 2013 to see for herself
the impact of the disaster and to ensure adequate support for humanitarian assistance.