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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

UN: Donations to Super Typhoon Yolanda Victims Response Plan Reaches $348.30 Million

3 months after Super Typhoon Yolanda slammed into Eastern Visayas foreign aid supporting the United Nations (UN) Strategic Response Plan (SRP) has already reached US$348.30 Million. As of Feb. 9, 2014 funding support from private individuals and organizations reached US$107.9 accounting for 30% of the total contribution for SRP according to the UN's Financial Tracking Service. So far the United States is the top donor to the recovery plan at $40.15 Million which accounts for 11.5% of the total donations for SRP, the United Nations (UN) blueprint in responding to the immediate needs of the affected population. Other countries that landed in top 10 with highest contributions are the UK $39.45 Million, Japan $24.09 Million, Australia $19.56 Million, Norway $15.84 Million, Canada $12.39 Million, Germany $10.31 Million, Sweden $5.69 Million, Denmark $4.80 Million and Russia $3.56 Million. Also listed as major donors are the Central Emergency Response Fund $25.28 Million and the European Commission $11.68 Million. UN agencies have an allocation of un-earmarked funds totaling $6.51 Million for SRP. Current contribution represents 44% of the $788.03 Million total response plan needs. The SRP which will be carried until Nov. of 2014 was designed to complement the Philippine Government's rehabilitation assistance on Super Typhoon Yolanda victims.  The plan will directly reach out 3 Million people who will be getting direct assistance through programs planned by the Food Security and Agriculture cluster interventions. Target population are 3 Million for water, sanitation and hygiene, 2.2 Million for camp coordination and camp management, 550,000 for education, 500,000 for emergency shelters, 300,000 for nutrition and 400,000 for early recovery and livelihoods. Among the priority interventions under the plan are provision of shelter assistance for the emergency and recovery phases, food assistance, nutritional support and agricultural inputs, remove debris from public spaces and recycle for use in reconstruction, restore water systems and access to sanitation facilities in communities, schools and health care facilities.        
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