Currently, UNICEF is monitoring the situation in Vanuatu where a category 5 tropical cyclone made landfall on Friday night with winds of up to 265km/h and torrential rains placing 260,000 people at risk.
Communities in Vanuatu have awoken to devastation caused by Cyclone Pam (pictured above).
UNICEF teams are assessing the damage and the needs of children and families but they say the people of Vanuatu have never experienced a storm like this, and they fear a catastrophe.
The extent of the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam will become clearer in the hours and days to come. Your donation today will be used to respond to emergencies throughout the world, wherever the need is greatest.
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UNICEF's Emergencies appeal is a pool of readily available money for those emergencies you may not hear about, but that require urgent support.
It's also for crises that have not yet happened, so that when they do hit we're prepared and can act quickly to provide for children before, during and after the emergency.
While catastrophes do not discriminate, they most severely affect those least able to withstand them: the most vulnerable children, living in the poorest and most isolated places, subject to the greatest deprivations.
Multiple crises create a cycle of deepening poverty and rising social tensions, and compromise well-being. Over time, repeated and continuing shocks undermine children’s capacity to cope.
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