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Cyclone REMAL Situation Report No. 2 from UNICEF India, West Bengal: 30 May 2024

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UNICEF Emergency Response Coordination

Following the Emergency Management Team (EMT) of the UNICEF KFO, all sector leads are coordinating with the Government and CSO partners on the ground to plan the response from UNICEF.

WASH Sector

An urgent need for WASH supplies is identified in 27,000 partially damaged households affecting approximately 1,35,000 people and 75,000 children. UNICEF plans to support 1061 households across 7 severely impacted blocks with WASH and hygiene emergency kits along with community awareness activities.

Health Sector

74 shelters have received ORS and Zinc along with Chlorine tablets. 48 cases of snake bites have been reported in the most affected districts. Government hospitals facing challenges like electricity supply and water logging are being restored to provide services to women and children.

Child Protection Sector

No concerns of children separated from families have been reported so far. Close coordination with government and partners on the ground is ongoing to address any immediate assistance required by vulnerable children.

Education Sector

Schools are closed for summer vacation. UNICEF is working with the State government to assess school damages and provide necessary support for resuming school activities within the next 15 days to avoid learning loss for children.

Nutrition Sector

Preventive actions for nutrition are being coordinated with the Government. UNICEF provided a list of Do’s and Don’ts for the sector which is being implemented in cyclone-affected blocks. Anganwadi buildings are damaged, and temporary facilities are being identified for continuation of services.

SBC and CAP

UNICEF has developed a communication plan and provided resource material for Child Friendly Spaces to partners. Guidelines for JRNA volunteers have been issued for capturing and sharing photographs for documentation. Messaging on WASH and Health services is being circulated to partners and local government for effective communication.

FAQ

Q: Are there any concerns of children separated from families?

A: No concerns of children separated from families have been reported so far.

Q: What preventive actions are being taken for nutrition?

A: Preventive actions for nutrition are being coordinated with the Government.

Conclusion

The UNICEF Emergency Response Coordination team is actively working in collaboration with various sectors to provide necessary support and services to the communities affected by Cyclone REMAL. Efforts are underway to address the immediate needs of the impacted population, especially children and vulnerable groups, as part of the coordinated response efforts.

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