Carel De Rooy, UNICEF Area Representative for Colombia and Venezuela, arrived in the affected areas Monday to map immediate and mid-term priorities for UNICEF relief to the victims, including an estimated 1,000 children who have been separated from their parents. Three states -- Vargas, Mirand and Zulia -- and the federal capital of Caracas are the most affected by the floods.
UNICEF is focusing its relief response in the following areas:
- Essential medical supplies, first aid and prevention of outbreaks of disease;
- Basic sanitation and hygiene education through the mass media;
- Getting children back to school quickly and provision of school supplies;
- Water purification tablets and water tanks to hold fresh water;
- Psycho-social rehabilitation for thousands of children traumatized by the event;
- Assistance in relocating 2,000 indigenous Amerindian families in the stricken Zulia state. UNICEF staff had been working with this population to improve nutrition levels prior to the disaster.
A UN Disaster Management Team has been activated and a local UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team (UNDAC) has been mobilized to assist the Venezuelan UN Resident Coordinator.
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