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UNICEF prepares response as Typhoon Maysak nears Philippines

MANILA, Philippines, 1 April 2015 – The Philippines is bracing for Super Typhoon Maysak (local name Chedeng) which is expected to make landfall over the country’s Eastern Bicol region within the coming days. UNICEF has prepositioned essential supplies and has staff on standby should a humanitarian response be needed.

“UNICEF is ready to support the Government with pre-positioned emergency supplies from our local warehouses in Manila, Tacloban, and Cotabato once the emergency hits. In times of disasters, children face the risk of disease outbreaks, malnutrition, violence and disrupted education. Our priority is to ensure that children and their rights and welfare are protected before, during and after disasters,” said Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Philippines Representative.

UNICEF pre-positioned supplies include water kits, hygiene kits, water purification units, school tents, student and teacher materials, child friendly space tents, medical supplies, nutritional therapeutic food items to combat malnutrition, oral rehydration salts, tarpaulins and generators for at least 10,000 families.

UNICEF has staff on standby in Manila, Tacloban and Cotabato City ready to be deployed. UNICEF, with the Philippine government, co-leads the joint response in the areas of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Nutrition and Child Protection.

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For further information, please contact:

Michael Saycon, Communication Officer, UNICEF Manila, Mobile: +63 915 135 9163, msaycon@unicef.org

Christopher Tidey, Communication Specialist, UNICEF New York, Mobile: +1 917 909 9542, ctidey@unicef.org


 

 

 

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