UNICEF requires US$3.5 million to respond to urgent needs of children and women affected by the flooding in Central Mindanao
Urgent lifesaving actions are needed to help the 522,000 children affected by the flood. Diarrhoea-realated deaths among the affected population have occurred due to congestion, lack of food and inadequate water and sanitation facilites in evacuation centres. These conditions require quick action in order to prevent the spread of water-borne disease and acute malnutrition among children under 5 years old.
Full funding will ensure that vulnerable women and children will: gain access to health care facilities that provide immunisations and distribute micro-nutrient powders (MNP), vitamin A capsules, oral rehydration salts and deworming tablets for children 6 - 59 months old; receive safe water in evacuation centres, through water tanking and the distribution of purification tablets, hygiene kits and jerry cans; receive psychosocial support by accessing newly established child friendly spaces; resume education in temporary learning areas and/or by receiving learning materials.
The funding request under this Humanitarian Action Update (HAU) is in line with UNICEF 2011 Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) Report updated as a mid-year and fold into the inter-agency Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) for the Philippines. The HAU also highlights the priority needs over the next three months (July - Septmenber).
UNICEF requires US$ 1.1 million to respond urgent needs of children and women affected by theTyphoon Megi emergency
On 18 October 2010, Super Typhoon Megi (locally named Juan) made landfall as a category 5 Typhoon in the Philippines. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that over 2 million people, of which almost 40 per cent are children, were affected by the Typhoon in six regions of Luzon situated in the Northern part of the country. According to the same source, 31 deaths occurred and as many as 148,954 houses and 736 schools were damaged. Northern Luzon considered as the “bread basket” of the Philippines, sustained damage to crops estimated at up to 80 per cent. Since the province relies mainly on agriculture produce, a sharp decrease in family income is expected due to the loss of at least 50-70 per cent of the rice yield for the season. This will have significant implications on the welfare of children. Food and shelter were identified as the primary needs by the Government. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene related activities are also crucial in order to prevent outbreak of diseases. Among other urgent needs are the repairs of school buildings and early learning centres and their respective structural strengthening into more disaster-resilient buildings in cognizance of the fact that the province of Isabela, specifically the coastal municipalities, are prone to typhoons.
UNICEF is working together with the Government and other partners to respond to the most acute needs of affected children and women in the areas of health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, child protection. As cluster coordinator of Nutrition, WASH, Education, ICT clusters and as the sub-lead for Child Protection, UNICEF plays a vital role in providing a coordinated response. Supplies are being mobilised for the response for health nutrition WASH, child protection and education responses across all affected regions. Tents, basic health kits, water kits, and hygiene kits are currently being transported to priority areas. Accessing the three most affected and remote municipalities of Palanan, Divilican and Maconacon is challenging as they are only reachable by helicopter, small plane or boat at this point in time.
The priority needs in order to respond to the humanitarian and recovery needs of the children and communities affected by the Typhoon Megi amount to US$ 1.1 million
UNICEF Philippines wishes to express gratitude to all donors who continue to provide the unwavering support that enables UNICEF to address the humanitarian issues of the most vulnerable children and women in the Philippines.