Our world has witnessed a rise in a number of natural disasters over the past ten years. Over 200,000 people died from disaster around the world in the year 2008. More and more people are now being affected and the resulting economic cost is increasing more than ever.

Climate change is already magnifying disaster risks, threatening a lot of developing countries. Some countries have reported that there is a rise in the number of drought, flooding and cyclones. In the case of some small island states, increasing risk levels are undermining their continued social and economic viability as nations.

Natural hazards can affect anyone, anywhere. People are threatened by hazards because of their social, economic and environmental vulnerability, which must be taken into account if sustainable development is to be achieved.

Women and children are vulnerable in times of natural disasters. For the past 10 years, more than 20 millions of children became homeless due to natural disasters. Another 1 million were orphaned or separated from their families.

UNICEF provides instant child-focused relief supplies to emergency zones when critical need arises. UNICEF helps the affected populations to regain normal lives through providing education, psychological counseling and trainings.