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UNICEF Typhoon Haiyan Crisis Update



MANILLA: Water and food top the list of priorities as reported in the Haiyan Typhoon crisis stated by UNICEF



An aerial view of a coastal town in Samar province. Photograph by Erik De Castro/Reuters.
An aerial view of a coastal town in Samar province. Photograph by Erik De Castro/Reuters.


UNICEF Typhoon Haiyan Crisis Update:

Situation in Numbers

4,598,000 children affected out of
11,500,000 people affected

217,800 children are displaced
544,600 people are displaced



  • An estimated 4.6 million children have acutely felt the most devastating effects of one of the most powerful typhoons in history.
  • Water and food continue to be among the top priorities as the risk of malnutrition and infectious disease is given with the disruption in water, sanitation and hygiene services (WASH).
  • With thousands of schools damaged or destroyed, more than four million children have had their education interrupted.
  • Protection concerns are widespread including the risk of children being exposed to gender-based violence, and other forms of violence, abuse and neglect, as well as family separation.
  • Given the challenges on the ground, all efforts are being made to reach the most vulnerable children and women. UNICEF is working closely with the Government of Philippines and other partners to find logistical solutions by air, land and sea to urgently reach all affected areas.
  • On November 11, UNICEF activated its Level 3 Emergency Procedures to quickly mobilize global support and has already deployed staff to four of the most affected areas.
  • UNICEF urgently requires USD $34.3 million until May 2014, in line with the Inter-agency Action Plan and in support of the government-led response.


“Children who are alone are particularly vulnerable to a range of risks including potential exploitation, abuse and even trafficking. These were pre-existing issues in the Philippines including in Tacloban and the typhoon-affected areas,” said Pernille Ironside, Unicef’s child protection specialist.


A new study by US economists suggests that typhoons in the Philippines can lead to striking increase in the death rate for infant girls – but not boys – up to two years after the disaster. After this particularly ravaging storm; incomes can decrease by as much as 15% year-on-year. Households will in turn reduce spending on medicine and education by about 25% and high-nutrient foods such as meat and eggs by about 30%, according to the study. Infant girls are therefore, at relatively much greater risk if they have older sisters or particularly brothers, suggesting struggle for resources among siblings may play a role, they added.