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Residents wait for evacuation on the roofs of houses, which are partially submerged by floods brought by tropical depression ‘Agaton’, in Butuan in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 20, 2014. — Reuters picResidents wait for evacuation on the roofs of houses, which are partially submerged by floods brought by tropical depression ‘Agaton’, in Butuan in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 20, 2014. — Reuters picMANILA, Jan 20 — The United Nations warned today more needed to be done to help millions displaced by the Philippines' deadliest typhoon, after a new cyclone tore down flimsy shelters.

More than 1,000 survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan fled to the safety of government buildings in the town of Guiuan on the weekend as a fresh tropical storm flattened tents and ripped the roofing off other temporary shelters, officials said.

“The (new) cyclone is a reminder that more needs to be done.... for vulnerable displaced people,” Russell Geekie, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs told AFP.

Guiuan, on Samar island about 600 kilometres (372 miles) southeast of Manila, was the first area to be devastated when Haiyan hit on November 8.

It left nearly 8,000 people dead or missing and more than four million others homeless across the central islands, officials said.

The government is building temporary housing while looking for safe relocation sites for survivors of coastal communities ravaged by giant waves unleashed by Haiyan, warning the rebuilding would take years.

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  • A boy whose family was among those who evacuated their homes due to flooding, rests beside a window at an indoor basketball gym in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte in southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 17, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A boy uses a broom to paddle a makeshift raft along a flooded road in Butuan city in southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 17, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Government officials working in villages evacuate residents after floodwaters brought by tropical depression ‘Agaton’ swamped their homes in Kabadbaran,Agusan del Norte, in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A man and his dog named ‘Bantay’ (Guard) navigate through floodwaters brought by tropical depression ‘Agaton’ in Kabadbaran, Agusan del Norte, in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Residents wade through floodwaters brought by tropical depression ‘Agaton’, along a street in Butuan, in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 19, 2014.— Reuters pic

  • A resident on a makeshift raft navigates through floodwaters brought by tropical depression ‘Agaton’, along a road in Butuan in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Flood victims are pulled on inflatable tire tubes as they are evacuated from heavy flooding brought by tropical depression ‘Agaton’, in Butuan, in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 20, 2014.— Reuters pic

  • A mother and her children ride on a rescue boat after being evacuated from flooding brought by tropical depression ‘Agaton’, in Butuan, in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Residents ride on a rescue boat after being evacuated from flooding brought by tropical depression ‘Agaton’, in Butuan, in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 20, 2014.— Reuters pic

  • A resident (left) weeps as she waits for her missing relative to be rescued from heavy flooding, brought by tropical depression ‘Agaton’, in Butuan, in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 20, 2014.— Reuters pic

  • A resident is helped onto a rescue boat during an evacuation due to heavy flooding brought by tropical depression ‘Agaton’ in Butuan in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A man is pulled from floodwaters onto a rescue boat as residents are evacuated due to heavy flooding brought by tropical depression ‘Agaton’ in Butuan, in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • A man waits for rescuers in his partially submerged house during floods brought by tropical depression ‘Agaton’ in Butuan, in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

  • Residents wait to be evacuated from flooding brought by tropical depression ‘Agaton’ in Butuan, in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao January 20, 2014. — Reuters pic

A UN aid appeal for nearly US$800 million last month for Haiyan relief is about 42 per cent funded, but the component for shelters was “only a fifth funded”, Geekie said.

British aid group Oxfam also warned the temporary shelters given to Haiyan survivors were no match for the extreme weather in the Philippines, which is hit by an average of 20 storms and typhoons each year, along with frequent earthquakes.

“In one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, it's critical we quickly provide safe homes... for those continuing to live in dangerous and difficult locations,” its country director Justin Morgan said in a statement.

The government said the new storm had killed at least 40 people on the southern region of Mindanao, outside of the areas devastated by Haiyan.

But in Guiuan, which lies close to Mindanao, up to 30 tents collapsed, while standing water also soaked through the floors of others, said Murad Ullah, the local operations chief for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

President Benigno Aquino's spokesman Herminio Coloma confirmed the damage to the tents and a government-built bunkhouse.

“They (occupants) will be accorded every assistance that is needed,” he told reporters. — AFP

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