Immediately after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked the northern Philippines in the early hours of July 27, 2022, UNICEF teams began prepositioning emergency supplies and assessing urgent needs on the ground. 

Early reports from the epicenter in Abra and nearby provinces confirm damage to homes, hospitals, roads and other infrastructure. The impact of the earthquake was felt as far away as the capital, Manila, nearly 250 miles from Abra and where buildings have been evacuated temporarily. By 12 p.m. local time, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology had recorded more than 13 aftershocks. 

⚠️ #EarthquakePH: May Go Bag ba ang pamilya? Maging laging handa sa mga #aftershocks. Siguruhin na kumpleto at ready ang emergency bag para sa buong pamilya. Ingat!

— UNICEF Philippines (@unicefphils) July 27, 2022

In any emergency, children are among the most vulnerable. UNICEF is ready to help children affected by the quake and to ensure they are safe and protected. Children and families may have been displaced and injured as a result of the earthquake and could be in urgent need of shelter, safe water, medical care, protection and psychosocial support.

Emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction are key priorities

As National Disaster Resilience Month in July comes to a close, the earthquake is a stark reminder of the need to continuously improve emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction in the Philippines – a country that is prone to typhoons, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. UNICEF advocates for child-centered disaster risk reduction and placing children at the center of emergency preparedness and response efforts.

UNICEF responds to about 300 emergencies every year, reaching children and families with urgently needed supplies and services. Your contribution can make a difference. Please donate today.

Top photo: On July 27, 2022, residents walk past debris from an old house in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur province, north of Manila, after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the northern Philippines. © UNICEF/UN0677914/Arduengo/AFP