21 November 2013, 11:12

Philippines plans for rebuilding of typhoon-devastated areas

Philippines plans for rebuilding of typhoon-devastated areas

The Philippine government on Thursday turned its attention to the reconstruction of cities and town devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, which killed over 4,000 people and displaced more than 4 million.

The national government turned the supervision of relief operations over to local officials, said presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma, allowing the government to focus on reconstruction efforts.

President Benigno Aquino was meeting his cabinet and economic managers to discuss "action programmes for the severely-damaged" areas in the eastern Philippines, Coloma said.

Haiyan ripped through eastern provinces on November 8 with record winds of more than 300 kilometres per hour, flattening homes and buildings.

The typhoon's damage to infrastructure and agriculture has been estimated to be at least 12.65 billion pesos (294 million dollars).

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said the government was planning a 14-billion-pesos supplemental budget for the reconstruction of the disaster areas.

Voice of Russia, dpa

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