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Typhoon Haiyan: A UNICEF Expert in Tacloban

©UNICEF/PFPG2013V-0189/Maitem. Children walk amidst the damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the city of Tacloban.

— Leon Dominador “Nonoy” Fajardo has years of experience in disaster zones, but even he has been shocked by the immensity of Haiyan’s destruction in the Philippines. Following is an excerpt from his diary, a harrowing on-the-ground report from Tacloban City. I have been working on emergencies for more than 15 years now, and I seriously thought […]

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Typhoon Haiyan: Q&A with UNICEF Emergency Expert

UNICEF's Director of Emergency Programs Ted Chaiban answered questions about UNICEF's response to Typhoon Haiyan on Nov. 12.

— In an “Ask Me Anything” conversation on Reddit yesterday, UNICEF’s Director of Emergency Programs Ted Chaiban answered questions from the public on how UNICEF is responding to Typhoon Haiyan. The conversation received over 600 comments and questions. Here are some highlights. Some questions have been abridged. To read the full posts, click here. Oswaldi asked: […]

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Typhoon Haiyan Update: UNICEF’s Emergency Response

A Filipino father and his children wait for food relief outside their makeshift tent in Tacloban, which was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.

— UNICEF has designated Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines a Level Three emergency — the highest possible category. UNICEF Philippines Country Representative Tomoo Hozumi says that Typhoon Haiyan, called Yolanda locally, is the country’s ”largest natural calamity in known history.” Here’s the big picture: The Situation • Survivors desperately need emergency aid. In the worst affected areas, there […]

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5 Things to Know Now About Typhoon Haiyan

A man carries his children in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines, after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the province.

— 1. The number of children affected has risen to 4 million Children are the most vulnerable in disasters, and given the Philippines’ large youth population, a significant proportion of the 9.5 million affected by the disaster are kids. Children who survived will need urgent assistance: food, shelter and essential medical attention, plus ongoing psychosocial support. 2. […]

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UNICEF Responds to Typhoon Haiyan Emergency

© AP Photo/Bullit Marquez. A boy in Tacloban, in the central Philippines, walks past the devastation brought by Typhoon Haiyan.

— A full picture of the devastation has begun to emerge two days after Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as “Yolanda”) ripped through the Philippines. The Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reports that at least 18 million people were in the worst-hit areas. It is estimated that 4 million children were affected by the storm. Flash […]

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Philippines Haiyan Relief Update: 1.7 Million Children Affected

Residents rush to safety  during strong winds brought by Typhoon Haiyan that hit Cebu city, November 8, 2013. 

— Typhoon Haiyan has flooded villages, knocked out power to entire provinces in the Philippines and left tremendous damage in its wake, according to initial reports. The Philippine Red Cross estimates that more than 1,000 people have died in the coastal town of Tacloban in central Leyte province, and that another 200 are dead in Samar province. […]

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