Hurricane Patricia strikes Mexico, Unicef ready to support children in danger

/ Disasters, Mexico, 23 October 2015
A satellite image of Hurricane Patricia as it approached Mexico on Friday 23 OctoberA satellite image of Hurricane Patricia as it approached Mexico on Friday 23 October

UPDATE 24 October: Hurricane Patricia has made landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast with winds of over 150 mph. Unicef is ready to support children in danger with emergency assistance.

From 23 October: Our Unicef colleagues are on standby as Hurricane Patricia, one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded, approaches Mexico this evening, with winds of 200 miles per hour (325 km per hour). According to the World Meteorological Organisation, the storm is comparable to Typhoon Haiyan, which killed 6,300 people in the Philippines in 2013. Our early warning systems tell us that 180,000 people are currently in danger. Mexican authorities have begun evacuating residents, and a state of emergency has been declared in three states in Hurricane Patricia’s path.

Mexico is no stranger to emergencies; in the last 10 years their combined economic loss from disasters was almost £2.5bn. Unicef has been working in Mexico since 1954, and our colleagues are currently waiting to respond should the government need us.

When disasters strike, Unicef can launch a rapid response to:

  • Restore life-saving medical services, water and sanitation
  • Deliver emergency hygiene and nutritional supplies to families who have lost everything
  • Reunite separated children with their parents
  • Set up child-friendly spaces to keep children off the streets and away from danger
  • Provide counselling and pyschosocial support for children suffering profound stress
  • Help children back to school and through every step of the long-term recovery.

All over the world, and here in the UK, we’re monitoring the situation closely and are ready to protect children in danger in the path of Hurricane Patricia.

You can help Unicef keep more children safe when an emergency hits by donating to our Children’s Emergency Fund.