UNICEF offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Maldives, India, and Sri Lanka are working with national and local governments and other UN agencies to assess the damage and mobilize immediate relief.
“The power of this earthquake, and its huge geographical reach, are just staggering,” said UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. “Hundreds of thousands of children in coastal communities in six countries may be in serious jeopardy,” she said. “We’re supporting governments in their damage assessments, and we’re prepared to respond wherever help is needed.”
All UNICEF offices in the region have been mobilized to support relief efforts. Emergency supplies are on stand-by at the UNICEF global supply hub in Copenhagen and relief flights can be launched at any hour.
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