Millions Of Children Affected By Typhoon Koppu In Philippines Need Food, Medicine – Huffington Post

“From our own experience responding to other storms in the Philippines we know that children are always the most vulnerable in a disaster,” said Save the Children’s country director in the Philippines, Ned Olney. “In the coming days we will determine what support they will need.”

The Philippines typically experiences more than 20 typhoons per year. In 2013, the devastating super typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines, killing more than 6,300 people and leaving millions homeless.

Many international aid agencies have emergency supplies in place, such as tarpaulins, basic household items, hygiene and water kits to get to the survivors should the government require international assistance.

UNICEF said it had supplies for about 12,000 families, including water purification tablets, hygiene kits, medicines, school supplies, food, tents and generators.

A assessment of the damage caused to plantations of bananas, coconuts, rice and corn in the worst affected areas, will establish the full extent of survivor’s livelihood needs.

“The rising floodwaters are the most immediate concern but beyond that many people will have to rebuild their livelihoods once the water recedes,” International Federation of the Red Cross spokeswoman Kate Marshall said by phone from Isabela province in the east of Luzon.

Marshall said evacuated villagers often rush back to their homes after disasters to salvage whatever may have survived the floods, which could expose them to mudslides and flash floods.

Mike Bruce, spokesman for Plan International, said the typhoon had hit many poor communities that would struggle to rebuild their livelihoods without assistance.

“These communities were already quite vulnerable before the storm and it will be hard for them to rebuild their livelihoods,” he said.

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