Earthquake Disaster Relief
Earthquake in the Philippines
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Bohol Island in the central Visayas region of the Philippines on October 15, 2013. The tremor, the strongest to hit the region in decades, killed hundreds of people and destroyed thousands of homes. Some 3 million people have been affected, and many have since been impacted by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
UNICEF, working with other U.N. agencies and humanitarian groups, has mounted a major emergency effort. Key elements include the provision of clean water and medical supplies, and the construction of temporary learning spaces so the thousands of children affected by the quake can continue their educations.
Earthquake in Japan
On March 11, 2011 an earthquake measuring 9.0 magnitude was followed by a massive tsunami in northeastern Japan, washing away entire communities in coastal areas. The extent of the devastation is enormous. Compounding concerns about children's safety is an ongoing struggle to contain radiation exposure from a damaged nuclear reactor.
Since 1955, the Japan Committe for UNICEF has raised fund for UNICEF's lifesaving work around the world. Japan has been a valuable contributor to UNICEF's relief efforts on behalf of children worldwide, which is why UNICEF took the unprecedented action of raising funds for children in Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
Today, the Japan Committee for UNICEF remains involved in relief efforts, providing for the children affected by the earthquake in Japan:
- Recreation kits and children's underwear;
- School supplies for children starting a new term in April;
- Safe drinking water for Fuskushima and Miyagi prefectures;
- Distribution of emergency non-food items;
- Back-to-School kits to partners and local governments.
Thanks to generous donor support, additional funds are no longer needed.
Haiti earthquake recovery
UNICEF is on the ground in Haiti, where recovery efforts following the January 2010 earthquake that killed at least 800,000 people and left hundreds of thousands of children in Haiti vulnerable continue.
Read the latest report on UNICEF's relief efforts in Haiti, including work to provide protection, child immunization, clean water, and basic quality education for Haiti's children.
More earthquake relief stories
January 10, 2013
Nearly three years after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, the educational, health, and nutritional status of children has improved substantially, according to the results of a new national survey. “Results of the survey show that the efforts of UNICEF and its partners in Haiti in these three years contributed to progress in many sectors and mitigated the impact on children of the 2010 earthquake, the cholera outbreak and other disasters,” said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.
December 21, 2012
The massive earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 destroyed the water system of Petit Goave, a coastal city near the quake’s epicenter. Now, thanks to a UNICEF-supported effort, the water system has been rebuilt with new pipes and new safety measures to reduce the likelihood of future water shortages. One of the beneficiaries is Tayet Rousseau, a mother of three whose business selling small goods was destroyed in the earthquake. Rousseau now has a water tap that delivers clean, safe water to the front yard of her modest home.
February 9, 2012
An important part of UNICEF's recovery work in Haiti is focused on improving water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Learn more.