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Typhoon Haiyan: The effect on children

Children at risk of disease while medical care remains compromised
Children at risk of disease while medical care remains compromised

12.9 million people have been affected by the typhoon - that's a staggering 13% of the population of the Philippines. Of this number, 5 million are children. In our graphic, we explore the key figures on how children have suffered in the disaster.

UNICEF's report on the humanitarian situation in the Philippines reveals some shocking details about the numerous risks faced by children in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

For children, all the usual hazards of natural disaster are heightened. In the Philippines, the sheer scale of the destruction means that children are exposed to a much broader set of risks - many of which could impact on their childhood for years to come.

Everyone is affected when infrastructure is destroyed, but children often suffer the worst:

  • A lack of clean drinking water and a severely damaged sanitation system mean that many children are at risk of waterborne disease.
  • With medical care compromised, these children are at serious risk from usually curable illnesses associated with a contaminated water supply, such as diarrhoea.

Beyond these hazards, however, children face longer-term setbacks:

  • With schools and nurseries destroyed across the central Philippines, education is at serious risk.
  • Quality education is vital to these children, for their future prospects - but also to help them regain some sense of normality and once again resume their childhood.

These are just some of the challenges faced today by children in the Philippines. Take a look at our graphic to see the key facts.

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