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Typhoon Ketsana in Laos from CARE

  • somsai

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    Cut and pasted in entirety sorry no link restricted web site, sounds like mostly Sekong river, Sekong province and Attapue.

    CARE responds to devastating Typhoon Ketsana in Vietnam, Laos and the
    Philippines
    Melbourne 30.09.09 CARE emergency teams in Vietnam and Laos are responding
    in the wake of Typhoon Ketsana, the worst typhoon the region has seen in
    decades. CARE’s emergency response continues in the Philippines, helping
    some of the nearly two million people affected by flooding as the same storm
    ravaged Manila earlier this week.
    In Vietnam alone, initial government reports estimate that the Typhoon has
    killed 38 people with another 10 missing and over 122,000 homes destroyed,
    while first reports from Laos indicate that 20 Villages have been submerged
    in one province alone.
    CARE is braced for these initial estimates to rise significantly in the
    coming days.
    “As with the early stages of any emergency, we are yet to know the full
    scale of the disaster, however we are readying ourselves for the worst”,
    says CARE Vietnam Country Director
    “While we are yet to determine to extend of the damage and the need s of the
    people, CARE’s experience in emergencies tells us what will be required and
    are preparing for a full scale response. CARE is equipped to immediately
    deliver essential aid such as clean water, food and emergency kits to those
    families and communities who need it most”
    It is expected that Typhoon Ketsana will deliver up to two months worth of
    rain over in the 48 hrs, bringing with it flash flooding and landslides.
    CARE Laos is currently mobilizing a rapid assessment team to the affected
    areas tomorrow and is working closely with Government agencies as people’s
    needs and the required response to the aftermath of the Typhoon is
    determined.


    “While it may be a number of days before the full toll and extent of
    devastation is clear, we know that houses are destroyed and food gardens and
    rice fields are washed away, Food, water, shelter and clothing will be
    required immediately, however the long term impact of this Typhoon will have
    enormous implications for the food security of communities. Assistance will
    be required now and in the months to come,” says CARE Laos Country Director
    Henry Braun.
    CARE Vietnam and CARE Laos have over 230 staff ready to respond to the needs
    of those people whose lives and livelihoods have been affected by Typhoon
    Ketsana. In the Philippines, CARE is working with a local partner to
    distribute food, safe water, temporary shelter and emergency supplies to
    families affected by the storm and flooding.
    About CARE: CARE is one of the world’s largest aid agencies, working in 70
    countries to fight poverty and helping more than 55 million people every
    year. CARE started working in Vietnam in 1945 and in Laos in 1954, and
    implements programs in food and livelihood security, disaster risk
    reduction, emergency response, health, water and sanitation, climate change
    adaptation, demining, and health.

    #1 Posted: 2/10/2009 - 04:07

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