Widespread flooding and mudslides caused by days of torrential rain in the three countries have so far caused over 200 deaths and destroyed tens of thousands of homes.
PANAMA CITY/BOGOTA/CARACAS, 14 December 2010 - UNICEF today said the children’s agency is poised to support children and their families affected by the floods that are driving thousands of people from their homes in Colombia, Panama and Venezuela.
The agency would work as part of the United Nations Country teams.
The May-November rainy season in the region has been extremely severe this year as a result of a climatic phenomenon known as La Niña.
UNICEF is ready to support the governments of Colombia, Panama and Venezuela to meet the needs of affected children and families, to provide lifesaving supplies and to protect the children’s rights to health, nutrition, protection and education.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
For more information, please contact:
Marisol Quintero – UNICEF Colombia
Tel (57-1) 312-0090 ext 439
Madeleine Labbiento – UNICEF Venezuela
Tel + 58.212-285.8362
Marti Ostrander – UNICEF Panama
Tel + (507) 305-4830