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Thousands in Philippines in need of aid after Typhoon Nesat

Authorities in the Philippines are fearful of water-borne diseases and food insecurity in the wake of Typhoon Nesat, IRIN reports.

Typhoon Nesat tore across the country, forcing thousands from their homes and killing at least 18 people. The news outlet reports that more than 171,000 people from 22 provinces within the country have been directly affected and are in dire need of help.

To date, 47,000 families are still living in makeshift camps in schools and stadiums that are ill-equipped to deal with such a large number of people.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the lack of proper sanitation facilities and rising food security issues could lead to a rise in diseases like cholera or leptospirosis.

"In coordination with the Health Department, we have deployed emergency management service personnel to supervise sanitation and other issues, including drinking water and distribution of medicines," NDRRMCs executive director, Benito Ramos told the publication. "We are trying our best to help everyone and ensure that diseases are checked."

Humanitarian groups are working alongside the government to provide more aid and to try and get those showing symptoms of possible diseases access to medical treatment.  
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