Philippines Typhoon Haiyan
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 water. Tacloban 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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Help Children in the Philippines
Humanitarian needs in the Philippines are massive. Some 4 million children are believed to be living in areas hit by the typhoon.
UNICEF staff already in the Philippines are being repositioned to deliver emergency aid.