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Mongolia's shantytowns set for redevelopment

Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar, is home to around 30 percent of the country's population - and nearly 800,000 of those live in a sprawling residential area known as the ger district with no running water, no central heating, sporadic garbage collection, and no sewage system...Pier Francesco Donati of the [Action Against Hunger] (ACF) in Ultaanbaatar - an NGO that focuses on hygiene, water and sanitation - said: 'It is undeniable that this kind of urban development is not sustainable in the long term.' But he added that some changes are slowly taking place.

In Pictures: Recovering From Typhoon Bopha

"Super Typhoon Bopha struck the southern Philippines island of Mindanao on December 4, severely affecting more than 6 million people, damaging 200,000 homes, and displacing 900,000. One thousand and sixty-seven people lost their lives, and 834 more remain missing. As Philippine officials struggle to rebuild, the damage to property has been estimated at almost $900m, most of it to agriculture, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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