Philippines and Typhoon Bopha, December 2012

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December 2012 Philippines - women and children; families wait in line for pre-made aid packages (Photos / Save the Children)

Packing winds of up to 210km/h, Typhoon Bopha struck the southern part of the Philippines between 4 and 7 December 2012.  The worst hit areas in Mindanao experienced heavy rains, flooding and  landslides. Millions of dollars of damage has been done to agriculture and 2,564 classrooms have been damaged. Typhoon Bopha has affected 6.2 million people, including: 

  • 1067 deaths
  • 834 people missing
  •  843,000 people displaced 
  •  2.3 million children affected           

Children affected by Typhoon Bopha need urgent help for daily basic needs such as food, water and emergency shelter. The Philippine government has requested assistance from the international humanitarian community and children need to be protected as the country gets to grips with the disaster.

  Save the Children is in the Philippines responding to this emergency. Our emergency response  aims to reach 14,000 families, including 42,000 children. We are providing life-saving healthcare, clean water, shelter and essential non-food items, such as buckets and blankets.  We are making sure children have somewhere safe to be looked after, can continue learning and can get back to school as soon as possible.

The New Zealand Government, through its  New Zealand Aid Programme is providing $55,400 to Save the Children’s emergency response.

Through our Children’s Emergency Fund Save the Children New Zealand is matching the Government’s support dollar for dollar. In total we are providing just over $110,900 to help children and families affected by Typhoon Bopha.  Save the Children New Zealand will use these funds to help children and teachers in six schools to get back to school, carry on learning and be better prepared for future disasters. 

To support Save the Children’s life-saving work in emergencies DONATE to the Children’s Emergency Fund