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Philippines' Bohol Island still needs millions in earthquake relief

  |   Feb. 7, 2014 at 8:26 AM
CEBU CITY, Philippines, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The United Nations said the island of Bohol in the Philippines needs another $19 million to recover from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck in October.

U.N. Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Luiza Carvalho said the Philippines needs the funds for shelter, health, education and recovery efforts needed since the quake that killed more than 200 people and injured hundreds of others.

"We are continuing to support the authorities' efforts on many fronts and will not forget the plight of people affected in Bohol [Island]," she said in a statement released Thursday.

"Local and national non-governmental organizations are playing a key role in the Bohol response, and this is reflected in the revised action plan," Carvalho said.

"Two new national non-governmental organizations and five new local organizations have included projects in the revised plan. They all have the capacity to implement the projects in Bohol. But they urgently need funding to succeed."

The United Nations said nearly 368,000 people whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake are still living in their damaged homes or in tents nearby.

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