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FAQ - Typhoon Haiyan

  1. What is the extent of the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan?

    Typhoon Haiyan was one of the most powerful storms on record with reported storm surges of 12-15 feet and winds approaching 200 mph. The storm, called Yolanda locally, made its initial landfall on November 8. In some areas, entire villages were swept away. In others, 90 percent of all buildings have been destroyed. Roads are blocked. In affected areas, water, electricity, communications and sanitation infrastructure have been severely damaged. 11.5 million people, over 10 percent of the country's population are affected. 900,000 are known to be displaced. Thousands were killed or are still missing.

  2. How many children have been affected by typhoon?

    Five million children are affected by Typhoon Haiyan. 300,000 children have been displaced and 100,000 of them are under the age of five. 60,000 pregnant or nursing mothers were also displaced by Haiyan. Interruptions in maternal and child feeding routines like breastfeeding, combined with damage to water and sanitation systems, have put younger children at serious risk of malnutrition.

  3. How can I help the children who’ve been affected by Typhoon Haiyan?

    The most effective way to support UNICEF’s relief efforts for children affected by the typhoon is to make an online donation at www.unicefusa.org/philippines. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF will retain 3%, but only of donations made via credit card, to cover processing fees.

  4. What are UNICEF'S priorities in responding to the disaster?

    Children need urgent assistance to survive in the aftermath of the storm. UNICEF’s first priorities are focused on lifesaving interventions — getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families. Health is an urgent priority due to the impact of the typhoon on water supplies and sanitation systems. Children also need safe and protected spaces to play and continue their education. UNICEF is also helping the government of the Philippines to identify unaccompanied children and reunite them with their families.

  5. Can I send clothes or other supplies to the Philippines?

    UNICEF’s effort to help children affected by Typhoon Haiyan depends on a coordinated supply. The most effective way to support that effort is to make a monetary donation to help cover its cost. To donate, go to www.unicefusa.org/philippines.

  6. How much does UNICEF need to provide for all the needs of children affected by Typhoon Haiyan?

    UNICEF has announced an appeal of $61.5 million for the Typhoon Haiyan emergency. All funds collected for the Typhoon Haiyan emergency will be used for the Typhoon Haiyan emergency; they will not be reserved for future emergencies.