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Super Typhoon Haiyan - Destruction

Super Typhoon Haiyan brought flash floods, landslides and immense destruction to the Philippines. The storm, known locally as "Yolanda," was one of the most powerful on record. More than 6,000 people were killed, and 4 million people have been displaced, including 1.8 million children. 

UNICEF estimates that nearly six million of the more than 14 million people affected by the disaster are children.

UNICEF has been mobilizing all of its available resources to reach these children immediately. Immediately after the storm, staff rushed to deliver aid from prepositioned stock. UNICEF Supply Division airlifted water purification tablets, medical kits, tarpaulins, nutrition supplements and other essential goods from its warehouse in Copenhagen. Today, UNICEF is on the ground in Tacloban, Cebu, Roxas, Ormoc and elsewhere assessing needs and delivering aid.

Almost 200,000 people in storm-ravaged Tacloban now have access to safe drinking waterTacloban is also the starting point for a mass measles immunization campaign.

"We are working around the clock to find ways to get these supplies to children as quickly as conditions allow," says UNICEF Philippines Representative Tomoo Hozumi.

The Philippines has now endured three major crises in just two months: armed conflict in Zamboanga, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol and now, Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Resources are stretched as UNICEF responds to all three emergencies. Please help UNICEF provide for the needs of children and families.

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March 14, 2014

Four Months After Typhoon Haiyan

The pain of loss still cuts deep in the Philippines four months after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) killed more than 6,000 people, but there is also a growing sense that recovery is possible. A new UNICEF report, Four Months After [pdf], describes both the progress made and the challenges that lie ahead for Filipino children. Some highlights: 14.1 […]

February 20, 2014

L.A.’s Global Citizens Help UNICEF in the Philippines

Annie Kim is a Global Citizenship Fellow at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in Los Angeles, CA.  It’s been a little over three months since Typhoon Haiyan first struck the Philippines. Though the destructive super typhoon left immense devastation in its wake, the outpouring of international support showed the people of the Philippines that they […]

December 31, 2013

2013 in Review: UNICEF’s Year in Pictures

From the Philippines to Syria to the Sahel, in 2013 UNICEF delivered vital services to children in crisis. Here at home, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF mobilized support from people across the United States to guarantee that UNICEF will be there in the coming year to help and protect the world’s most vulnerable children, wherever […]

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Press Releases About Haiyan

February 14, 2014

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham Visits Philippines to Witness Typhoon Recovery Efforts

David Beckham has made an emotional journey to the Philippines to meet children nearly 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall. The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador helped launch UNICEF's emergency appeal when the typhoon hit in November 2013 and today visited some of the worst affected areas of Tacloban, on Leyte Island.

February 6, 2014

On Three Month Anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, UNICEF Reports Real Progress for Children Despite Challenges

Three months after a massive Typhoon devastated the central Philippines, the long trek back to normalcy for children hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan has begun. UNICEF and its partners are playing a key role in restoring access to clean water and sanitation, in providing immunization against dangerous diseases and improving children’s health, in addressing maternal and neonatal under-nutrition, in re-establishing education and early childhood development programs, and in ensuring children are protected from abuse and exploitation.

December 17, 2013

Devastation of Typhoon Haiyan still Haunts Children

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, after a four day visit to the Philippines, said that he was deeply impressed by the spirit of the people and the communities working with the government, United Nations and other partners to rebuild their lives following the devastation Typhoon Haiyan caused last month.