Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Bopha survivors protest Philippines aid program

Shirley Escalante, Manila, Thursday February 14, 2013 - 16:59 EDT

Survivors of Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines have protested against what they claim is the government's corrupt handling of the relief and rehabilitation program following the disaster in December.

Protesters have staged a demonstration in front of the regional social welfare office.

They are accusing the government of mismanaging $US450 million of calamity funds and international aid.

The survivors have reportedly only received relief supplies twice in the past two months.

Meanwhile, bunkhouses built for those who lost their homes have been overpriced.

The Social Welfare Secretary has promised to look into the complaints.

Last month, thousands of villagers blocked a road for ten hours to protest the government's aid program.

Typhoon Bopha slammed into the southern Philippines in December, killing more than 1,000 people dead and leaving hundreds of thousands others displaced.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cold weather: Icy morning tipped for NSW as wild winds ease, bureau says

00:05 EST

Icy and windy weather affecting parts of the NSW central-west and Blue Mountains will continue into Sunday, although strong coastal winds are easing, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) says.

Cold front delivers for boardriders

13:47 EST

After a slow start to the snow season and a week of small to no surf, an intense cold front has brought some happiness to snowboarders and surfers in Victoria and New South Wales.

Above average rainfall for WA

13:39 EST

Parts of WA have been receiving persistent showers in recent days, propelling some locations well past their monthly average.