A monster storm has ripped through our beloved Philippines - just 3 weeks after the area hardest hit endured a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) is possibly the strongest storm to have hit the planet in recorded history - 3.5 times more forceful than the US's Hurricane Katrina, which alone cost the US over $100 billion. The death, destruction and despair Typhoon Haiyan has caused is as unprecedented as it is unbearable.
A child stands little chance against this kind of storm. Up to 1.7 million children are believed to be living in the areas that were hit.
For children who have survived, clean water is a matter of life and death. Safe drinking water can be impossible to find after such a massive natural disaster. And without it, a child will drink whatever water she can find, no matter how dirty or diseased. That drink can quickly lead to diarrhea, disease and death.
UNICEF's first priorities are to make sure every child has access to clean drinking water, essential medicines and emergency nutritional supplements. Even without a full assessment, we know tens of thousands of children are in grave danger.
Every moment matters for these children.
You can help this effort by donating to UNICEF's EMERGENCY response. Every donation will go directly to relief efforts there.
If you are in a position to help in some way, no matter how small, your contribution will have a much greater impact than you think. And means more to us than you know.
Maraming, maraming salamat sa inyong lahat.
(Photos of Typhoon Haiyan's impact are from The Altantic.)