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Four Months After Typhoon Haiyan

Frances, 10, shown here with guitar at a UNICEF Child-Friendly Space in Tacloban in December, fled with his family from their home in one of Tacloban's poorest neighborhoods just as Typhoon Haiyan was making its approach. He and his family took shelter in a sports stadium during the storm, which destroyed their home.

Frances, 10, at a UNICEF Child-Friendly Space in Tacloban in December, took shelter with his family in a sports stadium during the storm, which destroyed their home. © UNICEF/Philippines/2013/Donovan

The pain of loss still cuts deep in the Philippines four months after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) killed more than 6,000 people, but there is also a growing sense that recovery is possible.

A new UNICEF report, Four Months After [pdf], describes both the progress made and the challenges that lie ahead for Filipino children. Some highlights:

  • 14.1 million people, including 5.9 million children were affected
  • four months on, 4.1 million people are still displaced
  • nearly 3,200 schools and day care centers were destroyed

Key figures about UNICEF’s role in the humanitarian response:

Watch the UNICEF video “Four Months After Typhoon Haiyan:”

 

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