With a new storm threatening to strike this week, we’re saying prayers for everyone who’s been affected by Tropical Storm Ondoy and the terrible floods it caused. Our colleagues in Manila have sent some photos; this one hints at the scale of the devastation:
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CNN.com is reporting hundreds dead and hundreds of thousands displaced as a result of the heaviest rainfall Manila has experienced in 40 years.
UNICEF Philippines is distributing relief supplies and will be working to mitigate the effect of this disaster on children in the coming days.
We’ll keep you posted here as information comes in.
If you would like to support UNICEF’s relief efforts for the youngest survivors of this emergency, please click here to make an online donation.
Only a few days have passed since we last checked in on the growing crisis in Pakistan, but those few days have been enough time to change thousands of lives. In the month of May alone, more people have been displaced in Pakistan than were displaced over 3 years in Darfur.
Since August of last year, conflict between pro-Taliban militants and Pakistan’s government forces has seethed in Pakistan’s northwest frontier region. Over the last month, as fighting has intensified, the number of people who have fled their homes has swollen to 2.4 million. That’s the single largest movement of people in Pakistan since the partition that created the country.
Most frightening of all, it’s estimated that 65% of the displaced are children.