20 Nov 2013
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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.

CERF has already allocated $5 million to help kick start life-saving assistance in Haiti. CERF is a fast and effective way to support rapid humanitarian response. It provides immediate funding for lifesaving humanitarian action at the onset of emergencies and for crises that have not attracted sufficient funding. Contributions are received year-round. Find out how to donate here: