Children bathe and wash their clothes as the first water treatment plant in Tacloban came back to full operating capacity, restoring water supply in 80 per cent of the city and benefiting around 200,000 people. "I think for some of these children it may have been the first time they have been laughing and playing since Haiyan struck. Having enough water to keep clean not only helps prevent the spread of disease, but it also has a positive impact on everyone's mood – everyone feels better when they are clean!" says Dr. Mike Gnilo, UNICEF Philippines Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Specialist.

Philippines typhoon Situation Report 3

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Situation –Over 5.54 million children are affected, of which 1.8 million are displaced. -An estimated 160,000 children are living in evacuation centres. -There are growing health concerns for children including acute respiratory infections, such as pneumonia, given the lack of adequate shelter and health services compounded by poor weather conditions. -An estimated 1.35 million children […]

Children play basketball in the typhoon-hit town of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan diary 4: Amid endless challenges, a day of inspiration in Tacloban

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By Kent Page, Senior Advisor Strategic Communications, UNICEF Philippines After losing everything to Typhoon Haiyan, a boy and his siblings face a daily struggle to survive. TACLOBAN, Philippines/ HONG KONG, 22 November 2013 – For several days, UNICEF child protection staff in Tacloban, working with local government and NGO partners, were trying to track down a […]

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Water Supply back to full capacity in Typhoon-devastated Tacloban UNICEF HK raised over HK$2.1 million to support relief

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© UNICEF Philippines/2013 At least 200,000 people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippine city of Tacloban and six surrounding districts are now receiving clean water for cooking and drinking, as the first water treatment plant came back to full operating capacity on Saturday last night. © UNICEF/PFPG2013P-0246/MARISSA AROY UNICEF Philippines Representative Tomoo Hozumi helped […]

Good sanitation arrives in Tacloban with the distribution of UNICEF Portalets today outside the Tacloban Astrodome, location of some of the worst devastation in Tacloban (as can be seen in the background). Good sanitation prevents disease and saves lives.

Philippines typhoon Situation Report 2

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Situation Overview – Over 5 million children are affected, of which 789,000 are displaced. – Children are growing increasingly vulnerable to water-borne diseases, separation from family and protection violations such as trafficking, child labour and gender-based violence. – A massive number of schools and day care centers have been damaged across the most affected regions […]

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Philippines typhoon Situation Report 1

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Situation Overview  – Over 5 million children have been affected by the Typhoon Haiyan – 60,000 pregnant or lactating women among the displaced. – An estimated 789,000 people continue to be displaced with about 70% in 1,215 evacuation centres and the rest in host communities or makeshift shelters such as schools. – Water and food continues […]

A boy displaced by Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) in the city of Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. UNICEF calls for support to be able to respond to the needs of all children and families affected.

Typhoon Haiyan diary 3: Mud and ruin in Tacloban

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By Nonoy Fajardo, UNICEF Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Specialist The first look at the destruction left by Typhoon Haiyan is a shock – even for those used to working in disasters. © UNICEF Philippines/2013/Maitem A boy left homeless by Typhoon Haiyan in the city of Tacloban, Philippines TACLOBAN, Philippines/ HONG KONG, 13 November 2013 […]

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Typhoon Haiyan diary 2: Emergency aid makes it way to hardest hit areas

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“UNICEF will be part of the process of rebuilding the Philippines. We will build back better…. Let it be a symbol of what we can do – what the human spirit can do,” says Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes By Christopher de Bono, Regional Chief of Communication, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific As […]

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Haiyan 2 years on: Building back stronger

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© UNICEF Philippines/2015 On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, disrupted the lives of nearly six million children and destroyed the homes of 1.4 million children and their families. Two years on, UNICEF continues to help children, families and communities rebuild their lives. Here are just a […]

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Two years after Typhoon Haiyan, UNICEF helps build disaster resilience for children in the Philippines

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© UNICEF Philippines/2015/JBayaya Tacloban City/ HONG KONG, 8 November 2015 — On the second anniversary of Super Typhoon Haiyan, UNICEF has commended the recovery and rehabilitation efforts undertaken in partnership with the Philippines government and non-government agencies, civil society, children and families. In a ceremony held in Tacloban City with development and humanitarian partners, UNICEF […]