Flood Relief

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A family is evacuated from Obrenovac, Serbia, one of the worst affected areas.
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Thousands Affected by Floods in Serbia, Bosnia, Herzegovina

Several countries in South East Europe are facing severe floods due to the heaviest rains seen in the region in more than a century. In Serbia, an estimated 1.2 million people—including more than 200,000 children—have been affected by the floods. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, an estimated 250,000 children may be affected.

UNICEF is working to provide essential services for children and families affected by the disaster.

Flooding in Philippines Takes Young Lives

UNICEF has responded to several severe flooding episodes in the Philippines over the last two years. On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan — called Yolanda locally — brought flash floods, landslides and immense destruction to the country. Thousands were killed, 4 million people were displaced and an estimated 5.5 million children affected by the storm. UNICEF mobilized all of its available resources to reach these children immediately.

Double-Punch for Flooded Pakistan

Tens of thousands of communities in Sindh province in Pakistan suffered the impact of severe flooding in 2010 and again in 2011.

The second round of monsoons affected more than 5 million people - half of them children, who are always the most vulnerable in an emergency. Homes, schools, crops and livelihoods were destroyed.

UNICEF's response to the flooding in Pakistan was one of the largest emergency relief efforts in history. As part of that response, UNICEF delivered

  • Safe drinking water for an estimated 194,000 people each day;
  • Water purification tablets to reduce the spread of water-borne disease;
  • Health kits and basic medications for 500,000 people;
  • Polio and measles vaccinations for children and tetanus vaccinations for women; and
  • Insecticide-treated bednets to protect against malaria.