Typhoon Lingling hits Vietnam and the Philippines
Typhoon Lingling cut a destructive swathe across south-east Asia this month leaving at least 172 people dead and damaging thousands of homes in the Philippines and Vietnam. None of the 10,000 homes built by the International Federation and the Vietnam Red Cross in the Central Provinces, following serious flooding in 1998 and 1999, were affected in any way. Vietnam Red Cross released US$7,000 from its Emergency Response Fund and distributed blankets, food and shelter material to isolated communites in Phu Yen, Bihn Dihn, Quang Ngai and Dac Lac provinces. About one million people were affected in the Philippines, mostly in the island province of Camiguin. Philippines Red Cross initially helped 10,000 people and the operation is on-going.