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Up to 1.7 million children could be affected by devastating impact of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines: UNICEF

© AP Photo/Nelson Salting
In this Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 photo, residents living near the slopes of Mayon volcano are evacuated to public schools by police in anticipation of the powerful typhoon Haiyan that threatened Albay province and several provinces in central Philippines.

NEW YORK, 9 November 2013 - As the full impact is being assessed of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the Philippines over the last 48 hours, children are expected to be amongst the most affected with some 1.7 million children believed to be living in the areas hit by the emergency.

"With some 36 provinces reported by the government to have been hit by the typhoon - the strongest ever to have made landfall anywhere in the world - we know that a significant number of children will have been badly affected," said UNICEF's representative in the Philippines Tomoo Hozumi.

"UNICEF’s first priorities are focused on life-saving interventions – getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families," he stressed. "This is not the first natural disaster to strike the Philippines recently, following the earthquake in Bohol three weeks ago, so we know how vital it is to reach children quickly."

UNICEF will join a rapid assessment within the next days, as conditions allow more access to the hardest hit regions. The agency’s supply systems are mobilized and UNICEF is ready with NGO partners to help spearhead the response for children as access improves.

UNICEF staff already in the Philippines are re being repositioned to deliver emergency response, with more colleagues on the way to boost teams already on the ground. The country office is distributing emergency supplies that had been pre-positioned.

UNICEF’s supply division in Copenhagen is loading some 60 metric tonnes of emergency supplies, including health, medical and shelter equipment, onto trucks bound for the Copenhagen airport for an emergency airlift.  The Supply Division is also airlifting water purification and storage equipment and sanitation supplies directly from suppliers in Europe and Asia to Manila.

The supplies are expected to arrive in the Philippines Tuesday 12 November.

For photos of Copenhagen Supply Division response, visit:

DENMARK,COPENHAGEN 9 November 2013. Emergency supplies for Super Typhoon Haiyan

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For further information, please contact:

Zafrin Chowdhury, UNICEF Philippines, Tel:+632 901 01 77, Mobile: +63 917 867 8366 http://webcms.unicef.org/CMS/ioEditor/zafrinchowdhury@gmail.com

Marge Francia, UNICEF Philippines, Tel: +632 901 01 73, Mobile: +62 917 858 9447, mfrancia@unicef.org

Chris de Bono, UNICEF Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific, Tel:+66 (0)2356 9406, Mobile: +66 (0)84 427 7431, cdebono@unicef.org

Marixie Mercado, UNICEF Geneva, Mobile: +41 79 756 7703, mmercado@unicef.org

Kate Donovan, UNICEF New York, Tel: 1 212 326 7452, Mobile: +1 917 378 2128, kdonovan@unicef.org

Sarah Crowe, UNICEF New York, Mobile: + 1 646 209 1590, scrowe@unicef.org




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