Full evacuation of Philippines volcano zone essential, as UN calls for collective long-term effort

16 January 2020

The top UN emergency relief coordinator in the Philippines said on Thursday that his team is anxious to see the full evacuation of vulnerable citizens completed as the Taal volcano continues to erupt.

Sunday’s major eruption caused widespread destruction, and it’s feared that there could be a “catastrophic” eruption over the coming days or weeks, said humanitarian affairs coordination office OCHA’s team leader, Mark Bidder.

With the response led by the Government of the Philippines, he told Julia Dean of our UN Information Centre in the Australian capital, Canberra, that the UN system and international aid organizations would be looking for the most effective ways of working together, during the difficult days ahead.

Audio credit: Julia Dean, UNIC, Canberra

Audio Duration:
11'24"

 

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