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Rush to finish Philippines shelters as storms return

Shirley Escalante, Manila, Friday December 21, 2012 - 16:24 EDT

Government and aid organisations in the Philippines are rushing to finish building shelters for thousands of people rendered homeless by Typhoon Bopha.

Heavy rains have continued in the region in the wake of the typhoon and more is forecast in the coming days.

The Philippines government is constructing more than 80 emergency dormitories while the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is building storm-proof homes.

The IOM hopes to have these ready before Christmas Day.

More than 63,000 families lost their homes in Typhoon Bopha's onslaught.

A low pressure system from the Pacific Ocean is forecast to move across the Philippines over the weekend and bring more rain over a south east region already devastated by the typhoon.

The IOM has appealed for USD $7 million in aid but says they've so far only raised 10 per cent of that.


- ABC

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