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Update Philippines Typhoons – October 2

2009-09-30

UNICEF is preparing $1.3 million additional supplies to assist children and families displaced by tropical storm Ondoy (also known as Ketsana) and keep them healthy.

The number of families affected by the typhoon which dumped a month’s worth of rain in 12 hours, has reached 629,000 families or over 3 million individuals. Over one million of these are children.

UNICEF is working to ensure supplies those most in need. The children’s agency is preparing: family kits containing cooking pots, blankets, water buckets, sleeping mats and soap; hygiene kits containing soap, toothpaste, slippers and towels and emergency health kits with drugs and equipment and water purification supplies.

New Typhoon set to strike
Typhoon Parma is forecast to make landfall on Saturday, packing sustained winds of up to 195 km/h and gusts that could surpass 230 km/h
UNICEF has prepositioned people and supplies to prepare for the coming typhoon. Staff are on standby in North Luzon, and family kits ready to be distributed to those displaced. Current forecasts predict that Manila will also receive heavy rains, further endangering those families whose homes were underwater only a week ago.

You can help.  Donate now to help children affected by the Philippine typhoons or call 1-877-955-3111.

Donations

To support UNICEF’s relief efforts in emergency situations please donate now.

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.