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01 May 1998 description

After a halt caused by New Year festivities, the distribution of relief items to the worst affected in the flooded areas resumed and is now virtually completed. The entire operation will end shortly.
period covered: 24 January - 24 April 1998

The context

09 Feb 1998 description


The Government of Viet Nam is receiving UNDP assistance to improve disaster response and readiness, and to establish a Disaster Management Unit to help officials better plan and cope with natural disasters.

26 Jan 1998 description

Appeal no. 22/97 - period covered: 1 December 1997 - 23 January 1998

The focus of the relief operation in the wake of Typhoon Linda has been switched to rehabilitation and reconstruction, as the health status and access to food among the beneficiary population is not as bad as was first feared. More than CHF 500,000-worth of relief items are being distributed this week, on top of the large-scale distributions of rice, clothing, mosquito
nets, blankets , medical kits and corrugated iron sheets already allocated to the 150,000 beneficiaries.

11 Dec 1997 description

Weekly News
In the aftermath of Typhoon Linda, Red Cross of Vietnam (RCV) staff and volunteers continue to distribute food and other
relief items to victims of the worst typhoon to hit southern Vietnam in a century. With support from the International
Federation, assistance from the Society is reaching people like Ngo Van Quy and his family, whose home and garden were
washed away.

Quy is one of thousands of day labourers in the Mekong delta who eke out a marginal existence, even in normal times. With

26 Nov 1997 description

(7:43pm AEDT)
Typhoon Linda's confirmed death-toll has reached 503 in southern Vietnam with over 3,380 people still listed as missing.
A report issued by the Hanoi office of the International Federation of the Red Cross estimated damage to be over 576-million dollars.
The storm which battered southern Vietnam on earlier this month, was the worst to hit southern Vietnam since 1904. Nearly all those who died and those still missing, were fisherman caught by the storm at sea.
Rescue officials say there is little hope of finding any more survivors.

24 Nov 1997 description
report American Red Cross

Typhoon Linda, which tore through southern Vietnam during the night of November 2, 1997, was the worst typhoon to strike that area in 100 years.

23 Nov 1997 description


I am pleased to announce the Australia will provide a further $430 000 to assist thousands of families in Vietnam to restore their lives after the devastation of Cyclone Linda on 2 November.

This in addition to $300 000 announced last week in response to an international appeal by the Government of Vietnam.

Australian assistance, being provided by AusAID, is targeting the people of the far southern provinces following assessments by Australian Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) revealing the severity of the damage.

20 Nov 1997 description

34 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs

Disaster Bulletin No. 76372 for $25,000

Signed by the Rev. Dr. Rodney Page, CWS Executive Director

SITUATION: Southern Vietnam is recovering from Typhoon Linda, the strongest storm to ravage Vietnam in nearly a century and described by relief officials as a "huge natural disaster."

20 Nov 1997 description

The Red Cross is moving rapidly to assist victims of the worst typhoon to strike southern Vietnam in over 100 years.

18 Nov 1997 description

(8:11pm AEDT)
Rescue officials in Vietnam say there's little hope of finding more than 3,000 people still missing two weeks after a typhoon struck the country's south, with little time for warnings to be given.
Ginny Stein reports the majority of those missing were on fishing fleets at sea.

14 Nov 1997 description

1.        During the night of 2 November 1997 Typhoon Linda hit South Vietnam affecting all the Southwestern provinces where, for two days, there were strong rains, in places as much as 100 -150 mm of rainfall. The typhoon was the strongest recorded in the area for the last 100 years and caused unexpectedly huge losses.

12 Nov 1997 description

(97-94) Communiqué
Le 12 novembre 1997

Hanoi (Vietnam) -- L'honorable Diane Marleau, ministre de la Coopération internationale et ministre
responsable de la Francophonie, a annoncé aujourd'hui que le Canada offrira une contribution de $100 000,
par l'intermédiaire de l'Agence canadienne de développement international (ACDI), à la Fédération
internationale des sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge pour venir en aide aux nombreuses
victimes du typhon Linda. Ce dernier a fait 300 morts et a causé des dommages matériels considérables

12 Nov 1997 description

(97-94) News Release
November 12, 1997

Hanoi, Vietnam -- The Honourable Diane Marleau, Minister for International Cooperation and Minister
responsible for La Francophonie, announced today that Canada, through the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA), will contribute $100,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross
Societies to help victims of Typhoon Linda. The typhoon ravaged southern Vietnam on November 2,

12 Nov 1997 description

Officials in southern Vietnam say there is little hope of finding any of the 3,000 people still unaccounted for from typhoon Linda, which hit the country 10 days ago.

They say ships are continuing the search for survivors, but they're only hopeful of finding fishermen who may have become stranded on islands.

Figures from Storm and Flood Control committees in 12 provinces of the Mekong Delta show that 453 people died, while damage was estimated at close to 400 million dollars.

12 Nov 1997 description

Australia is to provide about 210-thousand-American dollars to help Vietnam deal with the damage caused by Cyclone Linda.

Australia's Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, says the aid will focus on re-equipping fishermen and restoring rice paddy fields.

Another priority would be raising and repairing sunken boats in provinces such as Ca Mau and Kien Giang.

Mr Downer said Austrlia was saddened by the loss of life and extensive damage caused by the worst natural disaster to hit the southern provinces of Vietnam in a century.

=A9 1996 Australian Broadcasting Corporation