UNICEF e-newsletter

Reaching children at risk in Peru, DPR Korea and South Asia 17 August 2007

Recent natural disasters in three far-flung parts of the world have killed thousands and displaced many more. In response, UNICEF and its partners are working to protect the health and well-being of children at risk.

Peru earthquake

This week in Peru, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake toppled homes, schools and other infrastructure, killing more than 500 people in densely populated urban areas. At least a quarter of the buildings collapsed in the southern city of Ica, while 70 per cent of homes were badly damaged or destroyed in the nearby port of Pisco.

At the Peruvian Government’s request, UNICEF and other UN agencies in the region are transporting emergency supplies to the capital, Lima. “We are importing items such as water-purification tablets, water containers and tanks,” said UNICEF Deputy Representative in Peru Florence Bauer. “Our first priority is for the affected population to have safe water.” More...

DPR Korea flood crisis

In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, meanwhile, massive flooding triggered by downpours in early August has caused widespread destruction – including damage to the country’s farmland, raising concerns about this year’s harvest.

Some 221 people have died in the floods, 518 have been injured and 82 are missing. “A significant number of casualties are reported to be children,” said UNICEF Deputy Representative in DPR Korea Michel Le Pechoux. UNICEF is working with the authorities to provide essential medical and water-purification supplies to flood-affected families, and to help repair inundated health centres and schools. More...

South Asia monsoon rains

Severe floods from monsoonal rains have also taken a heavy toll on children and families across a vast swath of South Asia this summer. An estimated 50 million people have been affected in the worst flooding in living memory in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

UNICEF is helping to provide flood victims with shelter and access to safe water, food, emergency medical care and basic household items. In India’s Bihar state, for example, UNICEF-supported mobile medical camps are providing treatment, measles immunization and vitamin A supplements to displaced children. More...

In each of these crises, UNICEF’s lifesaving efforts have been made possible by swift action on the ground and more than 60 years of experience in emergency response. Thank you for your continuing support.

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Doctors help an injured girl at a hospital in earthquake-stricken Ica, Peru.
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Doctors help an injured girl at a hospital in earthquake-stricken Ica, Peru.

AUDIO: UNICEF Deputy Representative in Peru Florence Bauer reports on the emergency response one day after the earthquake there.
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