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Life-saving UNICEF supplies for children reaching areas affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan

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UNICEF Indonesia Representative supporting operation in Tacloban

MANILA/JAKARTA, 16 November 2013 — Amidst the huge devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan, critical life-saving supplies for children are being delivered by UNICEF in Tacloban, Ormac and Roxas, the areas most affected by the disaster.

UNICEF Indonesia Representative Angela Kearney, who is supporting the emergency operation in Tacloban said: ”We already distributed 2,500 hygiene kits to families and their children. In this situation, proper sanitation is absolutely essential to reduce the enormous health risks children in the disaster zone are facing.”

Over the last three days, with the help of 15 tonnes of free cargo space donated by AirAsia, the organization has started to airlift hygiene kits for 18,000 people to Tacloban. Each hygiene kit includes detergent and laundry soap, bath soap, water containers, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and sanitary pads.

One of the most crucial tasks on the ground is providing safe drinking water as damage to water pipes and infrastructure has severely compromised water supplies in the affected areas. 

“Water supply service has already been partially restored in Tacloban City with fuel, generators and spare parts secured for continued operations,” said Ted Chaiban, Director of Emergency Programmes for UNICEF in a briefing at the United Nations. “This provides some safe drinking water to almost 200,000 people.” 

“People in Indonesia know what it means to experience such devastation, when you have lost everything: Your children, your parents, your home, your livelihood,” Angela Kearney said. “However, what I also see here in Tacloban is an incredible sense of resilience. People are looking forward to re-build their homes and to restore their lives. But they need our help to get started.” 

UNICEF Indonesia is raising funds in support of the emergency operation for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. 

For further information please go to: or call +62 21 2996 3400.

You can also transfer your donation directly to:
Account name: UNICEF or United Nations Children's Fund

  • BCA: 035 311 2888
  • BNI: 304494278 
  • Mandiri: 102 000 123 0 678 
  • Standard Chartered: 306-0882788-3


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UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:

For further information, please contact:

Zafrin Chowdhury, UNICEF Philippines, Tel:+632 901 01 77, Mobile: +63 917 867 8366,

Kent Page, UNICEF Philippines, Tel : +63-929-768-2367, Tel : +1-917-302-1735

To organize media interviews with UNICEF Indonesia Representative Angela Kearney, please contact:

Michael Klaus, UNICEF Indonesia, Tel: +62 8111 669033,

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