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Aid workers from children’s charity Plan International are helping thousands of families affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the Philippines.
It is thought at least 175 people died and nearly 500 were injured after the quake struck Bohol province on Tuesday.
More than 34,000 homes have been damaged. Government buildings, historical sites, churches and hospitals have also been affected.
Thousands of schools were suspended, many after sustaining damage, leaving more than a million children unable to go to school.
After conducting an initial assessment, Plan has now developed a response programme for the affected areas.
“Plan is responding to the needs of children and their families in the hardest hit areas in Bohol,” says Carin van der Hor, Plan’s Country Director in the Philippines.
“Funding will be used to address the immediate needs of affected people.”
Aid workers from the charity will be handing out plastic sheets for shelters, distributing hygiene and water kits, as well as providing psychosocial support to children.
In the longer-term Plan aims to support cash grants for poorer families and will help set up temporary learning spaces for children.
Six days on from the earthquake, more than 1,800 aftershocks have been recorded, increasing the risk of landslides for families living in informal settlements.
“Rains in affected areas create more risk. Road and bridge damages are hampering the relief assistance,” adds Ms van der Hor.
Plan has worked in the Philippines for more than 50 years and has a team of technical experts used to responding to natural disasters.
For more information on Plan’s work or to make a donation call 0800 526 848 or visit www.plan-uk.org