UNICEF ready to respond during emergencies
On 27 September 2011, Typhoon Nesat (local name Pedring), made landfall between Aurora and Isabela Provinces in North-eastern Philippines leaving at least 43 people dead and several areas flooded and without power. An estimated 205,885 families in the 33 provinces of Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B, V, CAR and NCR were affected, half of them children. The typhoon caused landslides in Camarines Sur and Catanduanes provinces in Region 5 and storm surges in the bay area of Metro Manila which caused flooding (3-5 feet high) in major national roads and power outages in NCR.
UNICEF Philippines is in close coordination with the government and remain on stand-by to provide supplies and services. Pre-positioned materials include medical supplies, water and sanitation kits, educational packs and basic family kits for families affected by the storms.
UNICEF works with the government through emergency response groups in areas such as safe water, good nutrition, continuing education and protection of children at risk. In coordination, these groups have prepared action plans and supplies ready for deployment
“During emergencies, children experience extreme shock and are especially vulnerable to disease, malnutrition and exploitation. As the typhoon season continues, UNICEF is prepared to extend the full spectrum of humanitarian assistance to affected children and their families wherever and however needed ”, said Vanessa Tobin, UNICEF Country Representative.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (Pagasa) advised that Tropical Storm “Quiel” (international codename: Nalgae) is set to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility within the next few days.
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