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

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, talking to Julia Dean.

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Political support to disaster risk reduction needs “higher level of attention”

Political support for preventing disasters needs a “higher level of attention” during 2017, according to the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in the Americas.

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