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Hurricane Disaster Relief

Superstorm hits the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, struck the Philippines on November 8. The storm hit only a few weeks after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the country. The typhoon killed several thousand people, damaged over 1 million homes and displaced 3.5 million Filipinos.

An estimated 1.5 million children are among them. Many have little hope of returning to their homes. In all, 5.9 million children are affected by the typhoon, known locally as Yolanda.

Hurricanes and cyclones are common natural disasters that wreak havoc not just among communities with under-developed infrastructure, but even in rich nations. More regularly, UNICEF is on the ground in communities from Latin America and the Caribbean to the South Pacific island nations that are vulnerable to tropical storms and hurricanes.

In the immediate aftermath of devastating storms like Typhoon Haiyan, UNICEF provides lifesaving emergency relief, like water purification tablets and jerry cans, vaccinations and bednets, and nutrition supplements for children and nursing mothers.  

UNICEF programs worldwide help communities recovering from hurricane disasters to build back better with improved access to education, stronger health systems and reliable disaster preparedness plans.

Hurricane Relief News Stories

November 17, 2013

Water Supply Back to Full Capacity in Typhoon-Devastated Tacloban

At least 200,000 people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippine city of Tacloban and six surrounding districts are now receiving clean water for cooking and drinking, as the first water treatment plant came back to full operating capacity last night.

November 9, 2013

Up to 1.7 Million Children Could Be Affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

UNICEF expects children to be among the worst affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the Philippines yesterday. While the full impact of the disaster is still being assessed, an estimated 1.7 million children are believed to be living in the areas hit by the emergency.

November 8, 2013

UNICEF Poised to Help Children as Massive Typhoon Hits the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful typhoon of the year, hit the Philippines at 4:30 am local time today. The impact of the storm was severe as it made landfall on several island groups within central Philippines.

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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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2013 Humanitarian Action Report

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