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Safeguarding children is UNICEF’s top priority as Typhoon Hagupit is predicted to hit the Philippines

2014-12-05

Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines, 5 December 2014 – Merely thirteen months after the coastal communities ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, are facing another Super Typhoon Hagupit (local name Ruby) as it is gaining strength to hit the Philippines within the next few days.

UNICEF Philippines has activated full preparedness mode to assist children and families as Super Typhoon Hagupit moves northwest towards the northern part of Eastern Visayas. (NDRRMC 5:00 a.m. 5 December 2014).

The UNICEF Tacloban Office that was established following Typhoon Haiyan is investing its 75-staff strong capacity in working with local government and partners on preparedness.

Pre-positioned essential supplies are ready to be deployed from its global warehouse in Copenhagen and local warehouses in Manila, Leyte and Cotabato. These emergency supplies include water kits, hygiene kits, water purification units, school tents, student and teacher materials, child friendly space tents, medical supplies, nutritional therapeutic food items to combat malnutrition, oral rehydration saults, tarpaulins and generators enough for at least 10,000 families.

“UNICEF is working with national and local Government and partners to safeguard children and families, and ensure that they are prepared and supported. We are closely monitoring the situation and teams are in place in Tacloban City ready to respond to this new emergency” said Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Philippines Representative.

“It is unfortunate that some of the communities recovering from last year’s massive disaster are faced again with yet another Super Typhoon. UNICEF will continue to be there by children and communities to assist them through this impending calamity.” 

In times of disasters, children face the risk of disease outbreaks, malnutrition, violence and disrupted education. During the past months UNICEF and partners have been working closely with Local Government Units to build their resilience and capacity to respond to emergencies   through disaster risk reduction systems strengthening. Through existing partnerships with INGOs and NGOs, UNICEF is ready to complement the Government’s preparedness activities and provide support in the areas of WASH, Health & Nutrition, Child Protection and Education. 

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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.