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Flooding in Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean

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Immediate Needs for Children, Adolescents and Women Affected by Flooding in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, 3 November 2007 - UNICEF URGENTLY REQUIRES US $3,260,000

Critical issues for children
Following several days of torrential rains, including from the passage of Tropical Storm Noel (since upgraded to a hurricane), several countries in Central America and the Caribbean are facing severe floods, which have submerged entire villages and left thousands homeless and destitute. In some cases, such as in Mexico, these floods are the worst in decades. In other countries, such as in Haiti and Nicaragua, they are only the latest in a series of devastating floods to hit the region over the past few weeks.

UNICEF’S emergency response: issue & actions
In support of Government efforts, UNICEF Mexico has stocks ready and is preparing to provide families with emergency and education supplies. UNICEF has also offered assistance in terms of psychosocial recovery of children, and support to local authorities in order to ensure classes resume as promptly as possible and in the best possible conditions.

In order to ensure an adequate response to the children affected by the emergency, including a prompt resumption of classes, UNICEF Mexico requires funds for the following:

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- School supplies: UNICEF Mexico has in stock 4,200 school kits. However, UNICEF requires additional school supplies to benefit 400,000 children and adolescents including: school kits for teachers and children, backpacks and didactic materials.

- Domestic supplies for children and women: UNICEF Mexico will provide domestic supplies, including basic personal hygiene items for children and women, water containers, cooking and household items to meet minimum standards of survival conditions.

- Support to light rehabilitation of schools: UNICEF will support light rehabilitation materials for damaged schools, especially those that are not covered by risk insurance. This support is a priority to ensure a prompt resumption of classes. 

- Psychosocial support: UNICEF will provide recreational kits, technical assistance and logistical support for activities related to psychosocial recovery especially for children in temporary shelters.

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For further information
Wivina Belmonte, wbelmonte@unicef.org, UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean
Eva Lotta, elotta@unicef.org
, UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean

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About UNICEF
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