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UNICEF REPORT: Desperate Conditions for Children in Camps Without Clean Water as Cyclone Aftermath Worsens
Date:5/11/2008

d at least 2,000 of these children from the Laputta Township, and it is expected that number of children will continue to rise. UNICEF is working to ensure these children have safe shelter and that their basic needs are met. UNICEF staff have already begun the process of trying to trace the families of these children to reunite them.

UNICEF RESPONSE

The risk of life-threatening diarrhea and infectious diseases increases dramatically with every day. Children are highly susceptible to these problems and their impact is graver when the sufferers are under-nourished.

"If there was ever a clearer sign that every second counts for children in Myanmar this is it," said Caryl M. Stern, President, U.S. Fund for UNICEF. "This is a critical time for the children and families affected by the cyclone. The UNICEF team on the ground in Myanmar will continue to work around the clock to ensure children are provided for."

At present, UNICEF's priority is to provide life saving essentials to children and their mothers:

* On Saturday, UNICEF's Supply Division in Copenhagen packed 30 emergency

health kits that will provide drugs, medical supplies, and basic medical

equipment for 300,000 persons for 3 months. Other medical supplies,

including intravenous glucose, thermometers, masks and gloves are also

on the flight, which is a commercial plane to fly from Amsterdam

Sunday, 11 May 23:30, expected to Bangkok Mon 19:50. Will be transferred

to Yangon ASAP.

* Another shipment of nutrition supplies will be flown from Paris, via KLM

on Sunday, 11 May, including fortified therapeutic milk. On Monday

UNICEF will share a charter with UNHCR from Dubai into Yangon with 540

family water kits. Another flight arriving Monday will be carrying 32

tons of provisions including 20 large tents, essential drugs, and oral

rehydration therapy.

* A UNICEF flight contain
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