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UN Chief Visits Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in the Philippines, where he met with President Benigno Aquino and inspected the city of Tacloban, which took the brunt of super hurricane Haiyan in early November.

Mr. Ban arrived in the Philippine capital of Manila late Friday for a three-day visit. He called on President Aquino early Saturday to discuss recovery and reconstruction efforts, then flew to Tacloban.

In the devastated city, Mr. Ban told local residents not to despair and said, "The world is behind you." He said the U.N. is trying to raise at least $800 million over the next year and provide support such as food, water, shelter and sanitation.



Typhoon Haiyan rolled across the central Philippines on November 8. It was one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall anywhere in the world.

Around 6,000 people were killed and about 1,800 are still missing.

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