More than a week after Typhoon Ketsana devastated the Philippines, followed by a second damaging storm, large areas of Manila and nearby provinces remain flooded, and survivors — some gathered in evacuation centers and others marooned in their homes — face a host of other problems, including disease and ruined crops.
The high floodwaters and uncollected debris, especially in hard-to-reach areas, have resulted in higher numbers of illnesses like diarrhea, skin diseases, coughs and colds, relief officials say.
The presence of mosquitoes and the spread of the diseases they carry, like dengue fever and malaria, has also become a serious concern.
While efforts are under way to alleviate the suffering of survivors, supplies and money for relief operations are disappearing fast, prompting the United Nations to appeal to other countries for help.
saying that the Philippines needs an additional $101 million to cope with the disaster.