Over 500 million children live in extremely high flood occurrence zones
Catastrophic flooding from extreme weather poses a very high risk to the world's children, as a result of the growing severity of cyclones, hurricanes, storms and rising sea levels. Flooding can disable sanitation facilities and contaminate water supplies, breeding grounds for deadly waterborne diseases. Without adequate supply, sewage systems fail and there is insufficient water for basic hygiene needs. Access to safe water to maintain proper hygiene and sanitation is critical, and even more so amidst COVID-19.
UNICEF responds to an average of 300 emergencies a year, including some of modern day’s worst floods
UNICEF's humanitarian supply warehouse in Copenhagen is the largest in the world; through its network, UNICEF can deliver lifesaving supplies anywhere within 48-72 hours. Working with local partners, UNICEF provides safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation kits, medicine, clothes, psychosocial services and more.
On the ground, UNICEF is known for its Child-Friendly Spaces and temporary classrooms: safe spaces that encourage learning and play to help children cope and work through trauma. UNICEF protection teams also help care for lost and orphaned children while searching for surviving family members.
Once the immediate crisis has passed, UNICEF works to prepare communities for the next emergency by assessing risks and helping strengthen health care systems, schools and other community services to become more extreme-weather resilient.
Learn more about how UNICEF works to address climate change and its impact on children.