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Tuesday, 11 January, 2005

UNICEF support gives relief to Somalia Tsunami victims

UNICEF is providing crucial support to help alleviate the suffering of communities in villages along the coastline of Northeast Somalia ('Puntland') most affected by the recent tsunami. UNICEF is currently assisting 12,000 people in the villages of Hafun, Gara'g, Bender Beyla and Eyl on the north-eastern coastline of Somalia. In Hafun half of the homes were destroyed and inhabitants left without clean water, sanitation and food. Internally displaced persons in Hafun have been relocated from the school they'd been occupying and classes have resumed for 96 students.

Among the highlights of UNICEF's interventions are distribution of blankets, jerry cans, plastic sheeting, cooking sets, mosquito netting and soap to 3000 of the most vulnerable in Hafun; household chlorination and digging of latrines to prevent outbreaks of water borne diseases such as cholera; rehabilitation of damaged shallow wells and construction of new water sources; measles vaccination and the provision of vitamin A to prevent outbreaks and boost children's immune systems.

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