Flood Relief

Displaced women and children arrive at the Sekeni II Camp for flood victims in Chikhwawa District.
Displaced women and children at the Sekeni II Camp for flood victims in Chikhwawa District, Malawi
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Malawi Floods Displace More Than 100,000 People

In 2015, several weeks of heavy rain resulted in devastating floods in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in southern Africa. Tens of thousands of families were displaced and at least 200 people were reported dead or missing. 

UNICEF airlifted 90 tons of emergency relief supplies including medicines, tents, nutrition and hygiene kits. UNICEF also delivered educational and recreational supplies for children dealing with trauma.

Floods in Serbia, Bosnia, Herzegovina

In 2014, several countries in southeastern Europe faced severe floods due to the heaviest rains seen in the region in more than a century. In Serbia, an estimated 1.2 million people—including more than 200,000 children—were affected by the floods. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, an estimated 250,000 children were affected.

UNICEF provided essential services for children and families affected by the disaster.

In the Philippines, Flooding Takes Young Lives

UNICEF has responded to several severe flooding episodes in the Philippines. On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan — called Yolanda locally — brought flash floods, landslides and immense destruction to the country. Thousands were killed, 4 million people were displaced and an estimated 5.5 million children were affected by the storm. UNICEF mobilized all of its available resources to reach these children immediately.

Double-Punch for Flooded Pakistan

Tens of thousands of communities in Sindh province in Pakistan suffered the impact of severe flooding in 2010 and again in 2011.

The second round of monsoons affected more than 5 million people — half of them children, who are always the most vulnerable in an emergency. Homes, schools, crops and livelihoods were destroyed.

UNICEF's response to the flooding in Pakistan was one of the largest emergency relief efforts in history. As part of that response, UNICEF delivered

  • Safe drinking water for an estimated 194,000 people each day;
  • Water purification tablets to reduce the spread of water-borne disease;
  • Health kits and basic medications for 500,000 people;
  • Polio and measles vaccinations for children and tetanus vaccinations for women; and
  • Insecticide-treated bednets to protect against malaria.

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