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Emergency Specialist reports: Viet Nam sees three typhoons in five weeks

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Ha Noi, 14 November 2013 - With thousands of lives lost as Super Typhoon Haiyan pounded the Philippines, clean up operations continue in Northern Viet Nam, after the weakened storm came ashore in Hai Phong and Quang Ninh. It has been a difficult month for coastal Viet Nam with three Typhoons hitting the region in the space of five weeks. Emergency Specialist Valentina Origoni reports on the continuing impact on families affected by recent natural disasters in central Viet Nam.

Typhoon Wutip made landfall in the afternoon of 30 September, pounding the coastal provinces between Thanh Hoa and Thua Thien Hue with strong winds and heavy rain. Two weeks later, Typhoon Nari made landfall just 200km further south in Da Nang and Quang Nam, causing major damage to people’s homes, property and livelihoods. Heavy rainfall was followed by severe flooding in the three provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh.

Working in close partnership with the International NGO Plan International, the UN helped mobilize support to those worst affected. Already active and well established in the most affected province of Quang Binh, Plan International is providing support on the ground to more than 640 families in 3 of the worst affected districts. Dried shrimp and fish, instant noodles, cooking oil, cooking pots, blankets, water buckets and soap are just some of the items Plan International and the UN have distributed to around 3,200 people. This has helped to supplement the rations of rice and other emergency support that the Government has provided from the early hours of the disaster.

One major element of success has been the strong collaboration between the local People’s Committee, other government counterparts, and the affected communities.

Over the coming weeks support will continue to the most vulnerable families, left unable to meet their immediate basic needs. This includes families whose houses have collapsed or been damaged, those who have lost livelihoods, as well as particularly vulnerable families, including female-headed households; families with children under five years old; elderly, pregnant or lactating women, and those with family members affected by disability.

Find out more about the distribution, as well as those benefiting:

Distribution in two communes of Le Thuy district: Kim Thuy and Ngu Thuy Trung. Kim Thuy is in a mountainous area with around 60% of its population members of the ethnic minority Van Kieu. 90 families here have received UN support.

The second commune, Ngu Thuy Trung is located on the coast with most families making their livelihoods from fishing and shrimp farming. 91 families here received emergency response kits.

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