UNICEF hands out aid to flood-hit children
July 31, 2009. Ulaanbaatar - Ulaanbaatar-based specialized UN agencies have been supporting the Government of Mongolia in providing humanitarian aids to the people hit by the recent floods occurred in Mongolia.
More than 250 children and over 40 elderly and disabled people have been relocated to children’s camps and sanatoirums under the instructions of the Government and the Ministry of Social Welfare and Labor. This was done to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in connection with soil and water pollution caused by the floods. UNICEF handed out 8,9 million Togrog worth of children’s clothes, books and toys to 175 children aged 3-18 years old who are staying at the children’s camp at Khandgait.
The handing over ceremony of these items was held on Friday, July 31 2009 at Khandgait. It was attended by Mr. Yameen Mazumder, Officer in charge of UNICEF and Ms. G.Davaasuren, Head of Population and Family Development Division of the Labor and Social Welfare Service Office, Ministry of Social Welfare and Labour. “We are providing clothes and educational materials for children who are affected by the flood in order to help them to get back to a normal life”, said Mr. Mazumder at the handover ceremony.
So far, UNICEF in cooperation with the Department of Health have been disseminating behaviour change messages to households in the most affected Bayanzurkh distict of Ulaanbaatar to prevent communicable diseases.
Also at the request of the Ministry of Health, UNICEF has supported the Ministry’s effort to provide soaps, hand towels, rubber gloves, alcohol based hand rub and other disinfection materials worth of over 20,0 million Togrog.
UNICEF will continue providing humanitarian aid to the families and children of the most flood-affected Bayanzurkh district of Ulaanbaatar and Gobi-Altai aimag. The donations will include clothes, school bags, books, notebooks, toys for children as well as water purifying tablets, water containers, disinfection materials for households. Loudspeakers, mobile megaphones and battery operated amplifiers will be given to disseminate messages and information to the population.