Storm hampers typhoon relief efforts in Philippines

Survivors stay in their damaged house after super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city, central Philippines yesterday.

A new storm is hampering typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.

The system has already dumped almost four inches of rain in some areas.

Rain from the tropical depression today grounded some relief flights, while blocked roads and poor conditions at some airports made delivering other aid a difficult proposition – increasing the misery of survivors and raising tensions on the ground, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said.

“Women and children are begging on the streets for donations, exposing themselves to abuse and exploitation,” the agency said in a statement. “With power lines still down, the lack of lighting has made women and children at home and in evacuation centres more vulnerable, especially at night.”

More than two million people need food aid, the Philippine government said. Nearly 300,000 of them are pregnant women or new mothers.

Meantime, the United Nations is seeking to raise US$301 million to help the more than 11 million people believed to be affected.

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