Tsunami Relief

Sri Lanka
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UNICEF is often first on the ground in an affected region at the time of a tsunami disaster and goes to work immediately to provide lifesaving humanitarian relief to the survivors.

In the weeks after a disaster, UNICEF teams provide clean water and sanitation as well as immunizations and supplementary feeding for children at risk of disease and malnutrition.

UNICEF-supported programs also help transform tsunami-affected communities, helping them to build back better. UNICEF-led tsunami reconstruction efforts have greatly improved basic services like health, education and sanitation, but also enhanced security and disaster-preparedness in regions that are vulnerable to natural disasters.