Philippines: 'A desperate situation' - Doctors Without Borders in typhoon-hit Guiuan

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Published on 16 Nov 2013, 11:07
International doctors from the French-headquartered Medecines sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) NGO treated victims of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippine town of Guiuan on Friday. The town, which was heavily damaged by the typhoon winds, is also playing host to troops from the US military, who are operating aid programmes to people cut off without access to food or water.

Caroline Van Nespen, a part of Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) said the people are in a desperate situation. She also reiterated that logistics and communications were important, as aid planes could not land in the area.

Guiuan is located on an isolated peninsula and island, and has a population of around 40,000 people. At least 85 people from the immediate area have been killed during the typhoon, and it is estimated that a further 23 are missing and 931 injured. However, many of the areas badly affected are remote and difficult to reach.

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