Storm-hit Philippines faces risk of diarrhoea, tetanus -MSF

An article from the Thomson Reuters Foundation
November 17, 2013

The risk of skin disease, diarrhoea and tetanus are high in storm-hit central Philippines where homes have been flattened and most of the health infrastructure damaged, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Sunday.

Typhoon Haiyan, possibly the strongest storm ever to make landfall, struck the Philippines on Nov. 8 killing more than 3,600 people and displacing 4 million more. Despite preemptive evacuations and warnings, the ferocity of the storm overwhelmed the government and aid agencies.

Many of the displaced are living outside evacuation centres amid the debris and what's left of their former homes. Access to food, clean water and sanitation is limited in storm-hit areas where electricity and communications are also patchy.

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