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UNICEF contributes emergency supplies to help victims of Balochistan floods

ISLAMABAD, 29 June 2007 – UNICEF is handing over emergency supplies of tents, food, medicine and hygiene supplies, and equipment for people affected by floods in the Pakistani province of Balochistan.

It is estimated that more than 800,000 people in Balochistan have been affected by the floods provoked by heavy rains in the aftermath of Cyclone Yemyin. Officials say dozens of villages are under water. Thousands have been made homeless. The floods have also caused damage to roads and bridges.

UNICEF supplies handed over to the Government of Balochistan comprise 740,000 water purification tablets, 33,600 blankets, 4,000 jerry cans as well as water bladders, tents, emergency medicines and 50 tonnes of Unimix, a nutritious food supplement for children and women. Two emergency health kits, designed to provide for the immediate health needs of 20,000 people for three months, have already been sent to the districts most affected by the floods. 

UNICEF staff members in Pakistan are constantly liaising with the authorities in Balochistan and at the federal level, with sister UN agencies and non-governmental organisations in order to identify the needs of children and women affected by the floods.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 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 further information, please contact:

Antonia Paradela, Communication Officer, UNICEF Pakistan
Phone: +92-51-2097810, Mobile + 92-300-5002595, Email: aparadela@unicef.org

Sandra Bisin, Communication Officer, UNICEF Pakistan
Phone: +92-51-2097813, Mobile  +92-300-8564197, Email: sbisin@unicef.org




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