|Save the Children Responds as Heavy Flooding Forces Hundreds of Thousands of Children from Home in the Philippines|
Tanya Weinberg 202.640.6647 (O), 202.247.6610 (M)
MANILA, Philippines. (Aug. 9, 2012) — Floods are sweeping much of the Philippines and have driven 332,000 children from their homes, Save the Children estimated.
Heavy monsoon rains have triggered the floods in the capital city of Manila and beyond, affecting almost 2 million people. About 185,000 children have taken shelter at evacuation centers where supplies to protect their health and wellbeing are urgently needed.
"Our teams have been out in the floodwaters, assessing the needs of the families affected so that we can rapidly scale up our response to get help to children. Children are at the evacuation centers and desperately need warm clothes, blankets, clean water and soap," said Save the Children Philippines Country Director Anna Lindenfors in Manila.
"The youngest children are especially vulnerable," she added.
Save the Children has pre-made aid packages on standby for use in floods and other emergencies, and is launching a response to assist the most vulnerable children and families affected by the floods.
Save the Children has been working in the Philippines since 1981 and mounted a large-scale emergency response to typhoon Ketsana in 2009, and more recently, last year's typhoon Washi.
When emergency strikes, Save the Children aims to respond to critical needs of children and families inside and outside of evacuation centers, addressing concerns related to relief, child protection, education, health and nutrition including water and sanitation, food security, and shelter.
In addition to Manila, the cities of Parañaque, Taguig, Makati, Marikina, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasay, Quezon, Valenzuela and Pasig are heavily flooded, while other provinces and cities such as Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal, Las Pinas, Bataan, Pangasinan, La Union, Benguet, Pampanga, and Nueva Ecija are also experiencing intense rain and are severely flooded.
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