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New storm wrecks Philippines typhoon victims' shelters

Published on Jan 20, 2014 7:53 PM

MANILA (AFP) - The United Nations warned Monday more needed to be done to help millions displaced by the Philippines' deadliest typhoon, after a new cyclone tore down flimsy shelters.

More than 1,000 survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan fled to the safety of government buildings in the town of Guiuan on the weekend as a fresh tropical storm flattened tents and ripped the roofing off other temporary shelters, officials said.

"The (new) cyclone is a reminder that more needs to be done.... for vulnerable displaced people," Russell Geekie, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs told AFP.

Guiuan, on Samar island about 600 kilometres southeast of Manila, was the first area to be devastated when Haiyan hit on November 8. It left nearly 8,000 people dead or missing and more than four million others homeless across the central islands, officials said.

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