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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 has been mobilizing all of its available resources to reach these children immediately.

Torrential rains and flooding brought by Tropical Storm Washi, locally called Sendong, began on December 16, 2011. The floods — the worst to hit the city in living memory — took the lives of over 1,250 people, many of them women and children. Many families, especially those who used to live near the city's riverbanks, fled to relocation sites. In response, UNICEF distributed clean water and sanitation supplies in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City, the areas worst affected by the storm's devastating floods.

Double-punch for flooded Pakistan

Tens of thousands of communities in Sindh province in Pakistan suffered the impact of severe flooding for the second time in 12 months.

The latest monsoons have affected more than 5 million people - half of them children, who are always the most vulnerable in an emergency.

Homes, schools, crops and livlihoods have been destroyed. UNICEF is racing to meet the most urgent needs and protect the recovery programs ongoing from flooding in 2010, which prompted one of the largest emergency relief responses in history.

Here's what UNICEF is delivering for the children of Pakistan

  • 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; tetanus vaccinations for women
  • insecticide-treated bednets to protect against malaria

More flood relief news

February 14, 2013

UNICEF Appeals for Funds to Assist Tens of Thousands of Flood Victims in Mozambique

UNICEF is seeking $6.8 million to meet the needs of tens of thousands of children and women affected by severe flooding of the Limpopo River in Mozambique. Some of the country’s heaviest rainfall in years prompted an Orange Alert on January 12 and a Red Alert on January 22. The southern province of Gaza is hardest hit by the flooding. More than 80 people have died, and as many as 200,000 people have been displaced.

February 5, 2013

Thousands Seek Refuge from Floodwaters in Mozambique

Some 250,000 people have been affected by the floods in Mozambique, and an estimated 150,000 have been displaced. 70,000 people have fled to Chiaquelane and its nearby relief camp, where UNICEF and partners are providing basics like food, water, shelter and hygiene. The health and well-being of children are of particular concern, and UNICEF is providing high-nutrition biscuits, mosquito nets and tents for medical services. The most vulnerable households at the camp receive UNICEF-supplied kits, which help families get through the next weeks.

February 1, 2013

UNICEF Scales up Support to Malawi’s Flood Victims as Rains Persist

UNICEF is working with its partners to scale up emergency assistance to more than 53,000 people hit by floods in Malawi as heavy rains continue. As persistent rains have destroyed roads, access to flooded areas remains difficult. The flooding has also restricted access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the affected communities. In response, UNICEF is providing a range of water, sanitation and hygiene-related supplies. The organization is also disseminating information to prevent outbreaks of water-borne diseases such as cholera.


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April 2, 2014

Powerful Earthquake in Chile

An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile just after 8:00 P.M. local time last night. The earthquake epicenter was offshore from the Chilean Region of Tarapaca (population 350,373). There are reports of structural damage and six casualties. The Government has declared two northern zones as disaster areas. Approximately 900,000 people were evacuated from coastal zones […]

March 27, 2014

UNICEF Restores Access to Water in Emergencies

This month, the UNICEF Tap Project is highlighting the issue of clean water by challenging you to go without your phone. We’ve been sharing ways in which UNICEF improves access to clean water. No situation is more pressing than an emergency, when restoring access to clean water is key to preventing the spread of disease. […]

March 24, 2014

As the Rainy Season Approaches, A Rush of Aid to South Sudan

Christopher Tidey is a UNICEF Communication Specialist on mission to South Sudan. He writes from the capital, Juba, where 27,000 people have taken refuge from months of violence. “I was sitting with my five brothers and sisters in the tent, playing a game, and then … boom, the rains came down so hard it was […]



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