Every year UNICEF responds to more than 300 emergencies. When disaster strikes, our teams act quickly to deliver life-saving food, clean water, medicines and support to children and families.
Right now, our UNICEF colleagues are in some of the worst hit areas of the Philippines after Super Typhoon Mangkhut battered the region. As many as 300,000 children have been impacted by the storm. Many have lost their homes and schools and they are living in crowded evacuation centres.
The typhoon, which is locally known as Ompong, has killed at least 43 people - including three children. We fear that this number will rise as landslides remain a major threat. Rescue teams are currently searching for villagers who have been left stranded due to landslides in mountainous and remote areas.
Our specialists in education, nutrition, water and sanitation are on the ground amid the destruction, helping the Philippines Government find and help those who are most vulnerable.
UNICEF has emergency supplies on standby for families whose homes have been affected by the typhoon ©UNICEF
“We know from experience
that children are always the
most vulnerable when there
are natural disasters and
this is a ferocious storm.”
What is the impact?
- Super Typhoon Mangkhut struck the northern Philippines overnight on Friday
- More than 200km an hour winds and torrential rain destroyed homes, felled trees and blocked roads
- More than 50,000 families have taken shelter in evacuation centres, and many are still waiting to return to their homes
- Almost 35,000 schools have been damaged, destroyed or closed
Hear more about our work in preparation for Typhoon Mangkhut from UNICEF Australia CEO, Tony Stuart:
Almost 35,000 schools have been damaged, destroyed or closed. ©UNICEF
What is UNICEF doing to help?
- UNICEF is working closely with the government to make a quick assessment of the destruction, including damage to schools and safe water and sanitation facilities
- We are ready to distribute education supplies such as the 'school-in-a-box', designed to keep even the hardest to reach children learning in times of crisis
- UNICEF is ready to help 12,500 families by setting up child friendly space kits and family tracing and reunification kits
- We have emergency health kits ready, which can help 30,000 families for three months
In the aftermath of Super Typhoon Mangkhut thousands of Filipinos like Rogeline and her precious one-month-old daughter continue to shelter at evacuation centres. ©UNICEF/UN0235931/Maitem
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