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Update Somoa Tsunami – October 9

2009-10-07

Children Have Safe Water Again

SUVA, 9 October 2009 – Girls and boys in tsunami affected areas of Samoa again have access to safe water.

Since the tsunami hit the south beaches of Samoa on September 29, getting the waterlines restored in affected areas has been a key priority of the UNICEF supported emergency response. As of Wednesday October 7, all water supplies are back on line in affected areas. This will help prevent new infections – and provides families and children with a sense of returning to normalcy. For the displaced children and families from the 40 worst hit villages, UNICEF and the Water Sector Tsunami Response Team led by the Samoan government will provide water from trucks.

UNICEF working to provide water and sanitation in schools
Children returned to school on October 5, however providing water and re-establishing sanitation facilities in schools in affected areas remains a concern. In the most affected areas 5 schools have been completely destroyed and many more schools have been affected. Children in these areas have resumed school in ‘host’ schools. UNICEF is supporting the work to ensure water and sanitation facilities in the ‘host’ schools and to ensure transportation to these schools for the displaced children.

Many children lost their school uniform along with everything else during the tsunami and UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Education to ensure that they have new uniforms.

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.