18 November 2013: On 8 November Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit the Philippines. The humanitarian situation in the areas devastated by the typhoon is catastrophic. An estimated 13 million people have been affected, including 5 million children. Close to 2 million people have been displaced and are now in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
In response, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, released US$25 million to seven United Nations agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on 11 November.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received $5,331,408 to ensure water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. UNICEF will also provide child protection, including protective learning environments, and reduce the risk of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases among children aged 0-59 months. Finally, UNICEF will provide nutrition interventions to children aged 0-59 months as well as to pregnant and lactating women.
With an allocation of $500,004, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will provide emergency food assistance.
The United Nations Population Fund (FPA) has received $748,319 to ensure access to reproductive health services and to prevent gender-based violence.
To support the internally displaced persons (IDPs), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will provide emergency shelter assistance through an allocation of $3,002,469.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has received $6,713,810 to provide emergency food assistance. WFP will also coordinate the humanitarian operations in the areas affected.
The World Health Organization (WHO) will provide health services through an allocation of $2,491,667.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has received $1,804,055 to manage time-critical debris disposal.
Through an allocation of $5,492,378, IOM will support evacuation centres and IDP sites by procuring and distributing emergency shelter kits and essential non-food items.
The allocations are expected to benefit 11,277,321 people.