Philippines: Sharp increase in IDPs after Mindanao bombings

Published on 14 July 2009

Displacement levels on the war-ravaged Philippine island of Mindanao have risen to more than 430,000, according to data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other sources. (..) "With travel restrictions being lifted, WFP was able to begin distributions to just under 17,000 families in the municipalities of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Sultan Kudarat, Sultan Mastura, South Kabuntalan and North Kabuntalan in the province of Maguindanao, as well as in the city of Cotabato," WFP country director Stephen Anderson said.

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