The damage after the Typhoon Yolanda is severe. Credit: Cary Mccormick, Philippines
The damage after the Typhoon Yolanda is severe. Credit: Cary Mccormick, Philippines

New technology developed by UNICEF is being used to reunite children separated from their families during Super Typhoon Yolanda’s onslaught in Tacloban City, JP Soriano reported in “24 Oras”, Friday.

The rapid family tracing system is a pilot product which became available in 2010. It is used for “family tracing and reunification of unaccompanied and separated children in emergencies.”

The system, the first time to be used in the Philippines, will hopefully reunite children like eight-year-old Nika, with their families.

Nika had held on for dear life to a wooden chair as she was washed out to sea after Yolanda’s storm surge crushed their house in Barangay San Jose, Sitio Alimasag in Tacloban.

Her parents, according to the report, still could not be found. Her grandmother and aunt, who were taking care of her before Yolanda hit, did not survive the storm.

Local and social workers are now looking for Nika’s other relatives through the rapid family tracing system.

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Read more about RapidFTR:

Lost and found: RapidFTR reunites families in refugee camps

RapidFTR helps reunite children and families in emergencies

Applications for family tracing and reunification

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