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UN chief Ban Ki-Moon to visit Manila

Ban Ki-moon - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2008 (photo courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban_Ki-moon)

Ban Ki-moon – World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2008 (photo courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban_Ki-moon)

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Dec 19  (Mabuhay) – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will visit on Saturday the typhoon-stricken city to discuss with government officials and representatives of UN and other international organizations the increasing number of weather disasters in the country.

Ban will arrive the city on Saturday to get a firsthand assessment of the aftermath of super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan), UN spokeswoman Eri Kaneko said in a statement.

Upon arrival, Ban will visit affected communities which were devastated by Yolanda.

The visit to Tacloban will be an opportune time for Ban to meet and discuss with government leaders and representatives of UN multilateral and bilateral partners, civil society organizations, and the private sector the various efforts and action plans to address the impact of calamities.

Reports said more than 6,000 people died in the November 8 typhoon – one of the strongest storms ever recorded with over 1,000 people still missing.

According to Vincent Omuga, UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) representative, the UN Secretary General will visit the typhoon-stricken areas in Tacloban and meet with the local community leader of areas affected by the disaster.

Prior to the UN leader’s arrival, a briefing on Humanitarian efforts by the government with the UN and other international organizations will also be held on Thursday at the Leyte Sports Complex, to update media and the public on the progress of its continued operations for typhoon Yolanda victims. (MNS)

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