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UNICEF ready to assist children affected by floods in Colombia, Panama and Venezuela

Widespread flooding and mudslides caused by days of torrential rain in the three countries have so far caused over 200 deaths and destroyed tens of thousands of homes.


UNICEF is ready to support children and their families affected by the floods driving thousands of people from their homes in Colombia, Panama and Venezuela within the framework of the response of UN country teams.


The May-November rainy season in the region has been extremely severe this year as a result of a climatic phenomenon known as La Nina.


UNICEF is ready to support the Governments of Colombia, Panama and Venezuela to meet the needs of affected children and families and provide life saving supplies and to protect their rights to health, nutrition, protection and education.


For more information, please contact:

Marisol Quintero, mquintero@unicef.org, UNICEF Colombia, Tel. (57-1) 312-0090 ext 439

Madeleine Labbiento, mlabbiento@unicef.org, UNICEF Venezuela, Tel. + 58.212-285.8362

Marti Ostrander, mostrander@unicef.org, UNICEF Panama, Tel. + (507) 305-4830

Tamar Hahn, thahn@unicef.org, UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean, Tel. + (507) 301-7485




UNICEF is on the ground in over 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.



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