264,000 people were in the disaster zone when the category 5 cyclone hit on 13th March, and continued over the islands throughout Saturday 14th.
With restricted access to running water, children and their families will be drinking contaminated water which can lead to diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases. In desperate situations like this, disease spreads like wildfire and death too often follows.
As you read this, the children of Vanuatu are enduring terrifying conditions. Amidst this catastrophe, we fear the worst for children who have been separated from their parents. Alone and without protection, we know that these children are at high risk of further danger and distress.
We expect that hospitals and health centres have likely been severely damaged or destroyed and will need urgent rebuilding and restocking with medical and nutrition supplies.
UNICEF is on the ground addressing immediate needs including water, sanitation, the provision of water containers and water purification tablets.
You can help us supply these basic essentials to ensure the safety of children & families in the next trying days & weeks.
Your donation will fund UNICEF’s emergency response to the Cyclone Pam Children's Crisis. Should the funds raised exceed the programming needs, your donation will be used to fund other life-saving UNICEF emergency programs.
Please note: Donations must be made in AUD. For conversion assistance, please visit xe.com
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