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Super Typhoon Haiyan Strikes the Philippines

A woman carries her son through a flood-ravaged Philippine village in the aftermath of 2012's Typhoon Bopha. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1692/JEOFFREY MAITEM

A woman carries her son through a flood-ravaged Philippine village in the aftermath of 2012's Typhoon Bopha. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1692/JEOFFREY MAITEM

Super Typhoon Haiyan made first landfall in the central Philippines Friday morning local time bringing relentless winds, torrential rain and a dangerous storm surge. Thousands of Filipinos relocated in advance of the storm, known locally as “Yolanda.” With wind speeds approaching 195 mph, the typhoon has been called the strongest tropical cyclone in the world this year by the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

The Category 5 storm is traveling directly across the central region of the country, which had been devastated by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake just three weeks ago. That earthquake, the strongest in a quarter-century, killed more than 150 people and destroyed 50,000 homes. Many of the displaced, temporarily living beneath tarps and in tents, tried to seek shelter in concrete buildings before Haiyan’s arrival.

UNICEF’s emergency operations center is closely monitoring the situation. With an on-the-ground presence in the Philippines since 1948, UNICEF stands ready to aid children and families affected by the storm. We will share an update as soon as possible. Please support UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts for children in the Philippines.

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  1. Laurent Prouvost
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Hi there,
    Could u give me info if you know that you are looking for volunters to go to philipine and help on ground zero.

    Laurent Prouvost.

    • Roxanne Makoff
      Posted November 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

      Laurent: Thank you for your interest in volunteering with UNICEF to help with the Philippines recovery efforts. As with any disaster, UNICEF will do whatever it takes to save children’s lives. UNICEF is taking the lead in providing clean water, safe sanitation, adequate nutrition, education, and protecting vulnerable children, such as recently orphaned children.

      Unfortunately, we are unable to place volunteers from the U.S. overseas as part of UNICEF’s programs. The most effective way to help those directly impacted by Typhoon Haiyan is to learn more and make a donation by visiting http://www.unicefusa.org/philippines. If you are interested in creating an online fundraising page to secure additional donations from your friends and family, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/unicefphilippines. Thanks again.

  2. Daniel Raddish
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I am an x EMT fireman. Can you use people in Philippeans to assist with emergency help? If so how do we go about getting there?

    Posted November 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    What can I do to help please

  4. Rhonda Joseph
    Posted November 11, 2013 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    sending prayers and love to Philippines

  5. David Elliott
    Posted November 11, 2013 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    I would like to volunteer in the efforts to assist in the Philippine Islands recovery. If allowed to travel to the country for a period of time, I will. Please contact me at your convenience concerning this request.



  6. Norberto Fontanez
    Posted December 4, 2013 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    I’m very interested in raising funds for UNICEF. Who can I speak with in regards to this?



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