UNICEF preparing to respond to flooding from Tropical Storm Washi in Philippines

UNICEF Preparing to Respond to Needs of Approximately 43,000 Children Affected by Flooding from Tropical Storm Washi in Mindanao, Philippines

Tropical Storm Washi has caused severe flash flooding in Mindanao, Philippines. At least 650 people have reportedly lost their lives with more than 900 still missing.

UNICEF is preparing to respond to the needs of approximately 43,000 affected children, with 14,000 currently in evacuation centres. Assessments with other UN and government agencies are currently underway and will establish the major needs of the displaced and affected families.

Of particular concern to UNICEF are water and sanitation conditions, the health and nutritional status of children, especially under fives, and the protection of children in evacuation centres and affected communities. UNICEF has prepared supplies for dispatch to the affected areas including: water kits, to ensure safe, clean water; hygiene kits containing soap, toothbrushes and personal hygiene items; tents and tarpaulins for temporary shelter; vitamin A for mothers and infants; breastfeeding education materials to reduce the risk of infant mortality and recreation kits so children can play and begin to have a sense of normalcy.

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