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UNICEF ready as Typhoon Lupit aims for Philippines - October 20, 2009

2009-10-19

UNICEF has pre-positioned supplies to four strategic locations in Northern Luzon in preparation for the possible landfall of Typhoon Lupit.  Lupit, which means "fierce" in Filipino, is a category 4 typhoon, expected to make landfall around the far northern tip of the Luzon region by Thursday October 22, 2009.

The supplies consist of emergency health kits that contain essential drugs for adults and children, buckets and water purification tablets for 8,000 families and kits containing blankets, sleeping mats, water jugs and cooking pots for families in evacuation centers. 

Vanessa Tobin, UNICEF country representative said: “We know that many of the evacuation centers are running low on supplies, and many families exhausted their reserves after Typhoon Pepeng (international name Parma) . These deliveries contain essential supplies that families need to survive and stay healthy in the first days of an emergency, and by positioning them in key locations, we can ensure we can help those most in need quickly.’

A total of approximately six million people have been affected by typhoons Ketsana and Parma. Ketsana led to 337 deaths, with 308 injured and 37 people missing. Over 4 million people have been affected and currently over 240,000 people are in 471 evacuation centres.  As of 12th Oct, there were 311 deaths reported due to Typhoon Parma with 185 injured and 48 people missing. Over 2.5 million people have been affected and currently over 80,000 are in evacuation centres.

In total UNICEF has assisted the Philippines with US$2 million in supplies and programme activities, covering the key areas of health, water and sanitation, education and child protection. The relief effort continues in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces as well as in northern affected areas, and UNICEF is currently appealing for $12 million to ensure they can continue to help all those who are still without homes or jobs to support their families. 

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UNICEF Canada raises funds for emergencies based on country needs. Should the total contributions exceed the funding needs for a certain emergency, the funds received will be reallocated to other UNICEF emergency programmes where the need is greatest.

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.