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UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits flood-stricken Philippines

MANILA, Philippines, 8 October 2009 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visited the Philippines yesterday to see the damage done by Tropical Storm Ondoy and subsequent massive flooding.

Residents of Santa Cruz village in low-lying Pasig City, Metro Manila, experienced floodwaters three and a half feet deep. UNICEF has provided the Pasig City authorities with family kits containing necessities such as water cans, blankets, mosquito nets and sleeping mats for the evacuees. In addition, it has distributed kits with essential medicines for use by health workers in the affected communities, as well as water and hygiene kits to ensure that families have safe water for drinking and cooking.

Educational materials including a 100-book library to replace the materials that were lost in the flood will also help to provide a sense of normalcy for children.



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