Child labour up in typhoon-hit areas in Philippines

2014-06-11 12:29
Filipino children play as houses damaged by Typhoon Haiyan are seen in the background in Marabut, Philippines. (File, AP)

Filipino children play as houses damaged by Typhoon Haiyan are seen in the background in Marabut, Philippines. (File, AP)

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Manila - The United Nation's labour agency says a study has found more children toiling in harsh and dangerous work in Philippine villages hit by Typhoon Haiyan last November.

The International Labour Organisation said on Tuesday that a joint assessment made in March and April by the UN and other humanitarian organisations and Philippine authorities showed 54% of 112 surveyed villages reported that children there were involved in harsh and dangerous labour, with 39% of them saying the number of such children increased after the typhoon struck.

The typhoon killed more than 6 300 people and displaced 4 million others, worsening poverty in the central Philippines.

The villages and 125 schools surveyed were randomly selected from two central regions most affected by Haiyan.

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