Hundreds are dead, and hundreds of thousands of families have been left homeless in some of the worst floods and storms Southeast Asia has experienced in decades. After back to back tropical storms and typhoons across the region in the past few weeks, Super Typhoon Goni made landfall in the Philippines over the weekend bringing catastrophic winds and intense rains.

It is estimated that in the Philippines alone some 68 million people are affected, including 2.3 million who are believed to be especially vulnerable, a third of whom who are children. 

Floods and landslides in the central provinces of Vietnam have now claimed more than 100 lives since the heavy rains started a few weeks ago.

Our UNICEF emergency teams, already on the ground, are racing to reach the most vulnerable as the extreme weather continues across the region. But they can’t do it alone.  
Blog-Images-Full-Width-Philippines-1.jpgChildren and families have been evacuated along the coastal areas in Manila as Super Typhoon Goni moved towards the Philippine capital. © UNICEF/UN0357035/Aljibe/AFP 

More than 2 million children at risk


Families pushed further into poverty

The endless deluge of recent weeks has not only taken lives and destroyed homes it has also obliterated livelihoods. Freshly planted crops, as well as hundreds of thousands of livestock, have been washed away and shops and businesses submerged in the rising water. This comes on top of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has economically devasted the region, with the Philippines one of the worst hit countries in the region. Already vulnerable families are being pushed further into poverty, placing children at risk of malnutrition.


Health care in the balance

Communities have been cut off from health care due to the rising waters and the destruction of local health centres and hospitals. UNICEF and the national disaster management authorities estimate that some 7,500 pregnant women and 21,000 children under five are without access to health care in Vietnam alone.

Also in Vietnam, more than half a million people are currently unable to access clean water for drinking and hygiene purposes placing them at risk of waterborne illnesses. There are already reports of diarrhoea. Across the region the risk of COVID-19 infection in evacuation centres in heightened. In the Phillippines following Thyphoon Goni, 1,000 COVID-19 positive patients needed to be moved to safer ground.


Education disrupted

Schools and education materials have been heavily damaged, and thousands of schools have closed leaving some 1.2 million children in Vietnam and hundreds of thousands more across the region. This is particularly difficult given the COVID-19 disrupted year so far.

Nguyen holds her 2-year-old son near the ruins of her house which is destroyed by typhoons in Vietnam. © UNICEF/UN0354204/Pham/AFP-Services 

Women and children at risk

In Vietnam, tens of thousands of women and children have been evacuated and are temporarily sheltered in government offices on higher ground, while men stay back at home to protect what remains of their households. This not only leaves the women and children vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, but heavily impacts their mental health, with both women and children facing increased stress and anxiety.


Please help provide life-saving assistance to affected children and their families.


UNICEF emergency teams are already on the ground in Vietnam and the Philippines. Together with the governments of the affected countries we are working to:

  • Ensure access to essential maternal, newborn and child healthcare services through the provision of emergency medical and midwifery kits and the deployment of medical teams
  • Provide clean drinking water to vulnerable households and reinforce essential sanitation and hygiene services
  • Keep children learning with “school-in-a-box” kits for affected schools as well as distributing devices to enable distance learning, especially for ethnic minority children and children with disabilities
  • Ensure children and their parents are provided with immediate psycho-social support as well as safe and accessible channels to report sexual exploitation and abuse and address cases of violence

How you can help

  • $85 can provide emergency food rations for a child that are easy to prepare and packed with minerals and vitamins.
  • $170 can provide two families with sanitation kits, packed with water purification tablets, buckets and water containers for safe drinking water.
  • $240 can provide a school-in-a-box to keep 40 students learning, while damaged schools are closed and education disrupted.

Your gift today is urgently needed to help children and their families impacted by these disasters. Thank you.

Your donation will go directly towards funding UNICEF's work to support children and families in affected areas of Southeast Asia, including Vietnam and the Philippines. In the highly unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this emergency appeal, your gift will go to supporting children in dire need in other emergencies around the world.
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