I AM WITH YOU: Ban pledges solidarity with people of typhoon-hit Tacloban.

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Visiting the storm-ravaged Philippine city of Tacloban, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the resilience of the people and pledged the commitment of the United Nations to keep working with the Government to “build back better and safer” all the communities devastated by super Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the archipelago a little over a month ago.

“I’m deeply saddened and humbled by what I have seen – the immense loss of life and total destruction,” said the UN chief during a press conference after touring the area.

He said that while pleased by the community’s warm welcome, his heart was heavy; the tragic suffering of the people and the utter devastation left in the wake of the storm was “hard to describe.”

Tacloban suffered the brunt of Typhoon Haiyan, which swept ashore in the Philippines on 8 November and has been called the strongest such storm to ever touch land. It…

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