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Children and Families Devastated by Flooding in Pakistan: UNICEF Staff Available for Comment

2010-08-09

TORONTO, 9 August 2010 - UNICEF is ramping up its relief operation for the more than six million people affected by flooding in Pakistan.

The UNICEF relief operation will concentrate on the critical areas of water and sanitation, health, nutrition, education and child protection. The largest part of the operation is the provision of water and sanitation systems to head off the outbreak of diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera, especially deadly to children. UNICEF is already providing clean drinking water to over half a million people and will bring in emergency food rations and emergency health kits.

UNICEF spokespeople in affected areas of Pakistan are currently available for interviews with Canadian media. Spokespeople from UNICEF Canada are also available for in-studio interviews.

Who:    UNICEF officers and country representatives

What:   UNICEF response to flooding in Pakistan, immediate needs of children and families

Where: Peshawar, Pakistan

When:  Tuesday, August 10 – Friday, August 13

To help UNICEF deliver life-saving supplies, please donate to our Pakistan Flood Relief fund.

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For further information:

Stefanie Carmichael, Communications Specialist, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8866; Cell: (647) 500-4230, scarmichael@unicef.ca.
Tiffany Baggetta, Director, Communications and Brand, (416) 482-6552 ext. 8892; Cell: (647) 308-4806, tbaggetta@unicef.ca.