UNICEF prepares for Super Typhoon Pablo in Philippines, warns of potential dangers for children
5 December 2012, Manila - UNICEF, as part of the joint UN agencies humanitarian country team, is closely monitoring the situation in the country as the super typhoon Pablo (International name Bopha) makes its way through the southern part of the country. The typhoon made landfall on Tuesday 4th December and is expected to exit around Thursday 6th December. The UN agency for children is concerned about the situation of children in these affected areas. Typhoon paths can be unpredictable once they move over land.
UNICEF has staff on standby in Manila and Cotabato City ready to be deployed in rapid assessments as soon as it is safe to travel. UNICEF, with the Philippine government, leads the joint response in the areas of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Nutrition and Child Protection. In all these areas, as well as health and education, the agency has prepositioned supplies for quick distribution to affected families and children.
The WASH cluster (group of concerned agencies and NGOs), led by the Department of Health and including UNICEF, Oxfam, ACF and other agencies, has stockpiles of water bladders – to provide clean water, in the absence of water systems – water purification supplies – to purify water for drinking – and hygiene kits, containing soap, water containers, toothpaste/brush and slippers, for around 20,000 families.
UNICEF is working closely with government and other UN agencies, and will decide on any appropriate response after carrying out detailed assessment in the affected areas.
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