TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - UNICEF is urgently appealing for donations
to respond to Typhoon Haiyan, the world's most powerful typhoon of the
year, which hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013. The Typhoon made
landfall at 4:30 am on Guiuan, Samar Island with winds of 235
kilometers per hour and 275 kilometer gusts. This is the 24th tropical
cyclone to enter the Philippines this 2013.
The impact of the storm is severe as it hit several island groups within
central Philippines. Substantial damage to infrastructure, flooding due
to storm surges and at least three deaths are reported.
UNICEF is ready with prepositioned supplies to quickly respond to
children's needs in nutrition, water, sanitation & hygiene, education
and protection. We have a team ready to be deployed to assess needs of
affected children, together with government, UN agencies and NGO
partners on the ground.
The Philippines government prepared for days before the typhoon and has
mobilized resources to move people in coastal and low lying areas to
safety. Thousands of people who had lost their homes in the 7.2
earthquake in Bohol province last month and were living in tents, were
evacuated by local officials. We commend the government for
preparedness measures they have taken to ensure that residents are
UNICEF's resources are stretched to the limit. We are responding to
three emergencies: the armed conflict in Zamboanga on 9 September, the
7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol on 15 October and super typhoon
Haiyan on 8 November. UNICEF is calling for support to enable us to
respond to the needs of all vulnerable children and families affected
in the Philippines.
For further updates and to donate, please visit www.unicef.ca.
UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian
organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families,
doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children
with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food
security, education, emergency relief and more.
UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children
regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are
active in over 190 countries - more than any other organization. Our
determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too
far to go to help a child survive.
SOURCE: UNICEF Canada
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