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Typhoon Ketsana in Laos from CARE

Posted by somsai on 2/10/2009 at 04:07

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.

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