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UNICEF Readies to Assist Mexican Flood Victims
Date:11/2/2007

y. More than 700,000 sandbags have been used for water retention purposes.

Emergency relief efforts have also involved relocating evacuees to temporary shelters and providing food and potable water supplies to the affected population. The Mexican government has distributed 55,360 mattresses and 13,885 emergency food stuffs.

So far 280 temporary shelters have been equipped to accommodate individuals evacuated from the flooded areas of the state.

Tabasco is located in southeast Mexico, bordered to the north by the Gulf of Mexico; to the south, by the state of Chiapas; to the east, by the Republic of Guatemala and Campeche, and to the west, by the state of Veracruz. It covers an area of 24,578 square kilometers.

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Noel have also affected parts of Haiti and the Dominican Republic forcing evacuations just as some of the displaced were starting to return home after severe flooding last month. In collaboration with other agencies and partners, UNICEF is monitoring and assessing the overall health and nutrition situation in the flood affected zones, especially access to safe water.

To make a donation to help UNICEF's emergency relief in Mexico please go to: unicefusa.org or call 1-800-4UNICEF.

ATTENTION MEDIA OUTLETS

Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF is available for interviews pertaining to UNICEF's relief efforts and the immediate needs in the region.

About UNICEF

For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been the world's leading international children's organization, working in over 150 countries to address the ongoing issues that affect why kids are dying. UNICEF provides lifesaving nutrition, clean water, education, protection and emergency response saving more young lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. While millions of children die every year of preventable causes like dehydration, upper respiratory infections and measles, UNICEF, with the supp
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