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Philippines vows to 'build back better' 100 days after typhoon

Published on Feb 16, 2014 5:48 PM
 
A young-survivor of super Typhoon Haiyan stands on a destroyed house along the coastal area of Tacloban City, Leyte province, in central Philippines on Feb 15, 2014. The Philippines vowed on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014, to "build back better" 100 days after its deadliest typhoon left thousands dead and millions without homes. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines vowed on Sunday to "build back better" 100 days after its deadliest typhoon left thousands dead and millions without homes.

Acknowledging that huge gaps in rehabilitation remained despite progress in humanitarian work, the government urged all Filipinos and donor agencies to keep extending support to those still vulnerable.

"As we mark the 100th day after super typhoon Yolanda (local name of Haiyan), the government is firmly determined to carry out massive rehabilitation efforts in all 171 municipalities and cities affected by this unprecedented calamity," said presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma.

He said the disaster-prone country "must break the cycle of prediction, devastation and rehabilitation by adopting the principle of build back better" following the deadly storm.

 
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