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UNICEF sends emergency supplies to help victims of South Sulewesi floods

JAKARTA, 23 June 2006 – UNICEF is airlifting emergency supplies of hygiene equipment and water containers to flood affected districts in the Indonesian province of South Sulewesi.

Over 7,500 people have been made homeless, more than 200 people have died and 135 people are missing in the flash floods.  Hundreds of houses have been heavily damaged or swept away.

UNICEF supplies comprise 5,000 personal hygiene kits, 10,000 jerry cans, and 1,100 water purification vials.  The supplies are designed to provide 1,000 families with clean water and hygiene materials.

Three UNICEF staff members are on the ground conducting assessments for the future needs of the people, including emergency measles and tetanus vaccination campaigns and temporary shelter.

UNICEF’S Indonesian Representative Gianfranco Rotigliano said that at least thirty per cent of the victims were children.  No child to date had been found separated or missing.

“With 18 schools heavily damaged and another nine schools slightly damaged, most of them elementary, we have to also look closely at providing emergency educational support.”

“We will relocate portable water bladders from Yogyakarta to the flood zone.  The bladders are no longer required in Yogyakarta.”

Most of the materials are expected to arrive in South Sulewesi over the weekend.

For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 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.

For more information, please contact:
John Budd, UNICEF Communication Officer, Tel. +62 811 936 437
Purwanta Iskandar, UNICEF Field Office Chief, South Sulewsi, Tel. +62 811 445 317
Lina Solfini, UNICEF Emergency Officer, Tel. +62 812 107 0104




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