Appeal launched for unreached children of Philippines typhoon

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As Typhoon Koppu, known locally as Lando, headed for the Philippines, the World Food Programme, with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), provided the Department of Social Welfare and Development with transportation for thousands of family food packs to affected communities. Photo: WFP/KC Co

An appeal has been launched to help reach children in outlying areas of the Philippines, which have been battered by Typhoon Koppu since Sunday morning.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has appealed for US$2.8 million in extra aid to help ensure that all children who might be affected are safe, and to replenish much-needed supplies.

The slow-moving storm has left eleven people dead, according to news reports.

Matthew Wells reports.

Hundreds of villagers trapped in floods have been saved by rescue workers during the course of Monday, and an estimated 65,000 people were forced to leave their homes.

Rain dumped by the typhoon is expected to continue to cause flooding well into Tuesday, and villagers are being urged not to try and return home too soon.

UNICEF said that in mountainous regions in the north of country where the typhoon has hit the hardest, many families had not yet been reached, and children were at particular risk.

The priority is to provide safe water, food and shelter for those who have lost homes, and minimize the risk of any health epidemic, according to UNICEF's representative in the Philippines.

UNICEF together with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) praised efforts by the government to prepare for the typhoon, saying that significant improvements had been made since Typhoon Haiyan had led to 6,000 deaths in 2013.

Early warnings and targeted evacuations had minimized the loss of life so far, according to the UN.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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