According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan currently stands at 5,235, with another 1,613 people still listed as missing.
Life-saving assistance is still urgently required, particularly food, water and shelter. Affected communities have access to small food stocks, but are increasingly concerned about the lack of food in the long term, with limited or no access to markets.
Communities are in need of better shelter, nutrition and clean water to prevent a further spread of acute respiratory infections in the coming months. As foreign medical teams that have focused on trauma injuries begin to leave the country, gaps will occur for basic health care. Operational healthfacilities are reportedly overstretched, and there is still overall poor coverage of services.
The Government has formed a high-level national taskforce to ensure fast track transition from relief efforts to rehabilitation and rebuilding of the affected areas.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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