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
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
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
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.