One month after Typhoon Haiyan tore through six Philippine islands, the death toll stands at 5,924 and 1,779 people are still missing, according to government figures released Sunday (December 8, 2013)," said CNN International. "More than 12 million people have been affected by the monster typhoon that left behind catastrophic scenes of destruction and despair when it made landfall on November 8, the government said. It left entire communities without immediate access to food and medical care.
There are many organizations providing assistance to communities that were ravaged by the storm. While much of the work involves providing food and shelter, UNICEF and others are offering an essential service: restoring water to communties like Tacloban, which was smack in the middle of the path of the storm.
In this video, Michael Emerson Gnilo, a UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene specialist, explains how UNICEF worked with partners to restore Tacloban’s water supply and what water means to families and children in that city.
Tacloban is also the starting point for a mass measles immunization campaign in coming weeks. Click here to see an Infographic of How UNICEF is helping communities in the six islands affected by Haiyan.
Here is what UNICEF says about its work with children in communities devastated by diasters. "When emergency strikes, you can help us make sure no child is forgotten. Within 48 hours UNICEF and its partners are on the ground providing food, shelter and protection. We work to reunite children with their families, care for those orphaned and counsel the traumatized."