Vietnam: ADRA aids survivors of Typhoon Mirinae

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, SILVER SPRING, Md. -In Vietnam, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is assisting hundreds of survivors of Typhoon Mirinae, a deadly tropical storm that hit the country's central coast on Monday, November 2, killing more than 100 people, affecting hundreds of thousands more, and causing severe flooding and landslides in the area, the agency reports.

On November 3, ADRA launched a rapid needs assessment in Phu Yen Province, the most severely affected area, in an effort to adequately evaluate the most urgent needs of survivors.

"Although flood levels are slowly receding, there is a still a great need for emergency supplies, such as food, shelter, and clean water," said Oscar Domato, country director for ADRA Vietnam.

ADRA is currently expanding its response through the distribution of emergency food packages and mosquito nets to 500 affected families in Phu Yen. Each benefiting family will receive a food packet stocked with basic food items, such as rice, fish sauce, soybean oil, salt, sugar, milk, and vitamin tablets. Each packet will feed a family of five for approximately two weeks.

"Our relief efforts will be integrated with other partners who are providing supplementary services, such as food aid, clean water, shelter rehabilitation, and sanitation and hygiene," added Domato.

Some of those partners include the Vietnam Red Cross, with whom ADRA has often worked, and the Phu Yen People's Committee, which is assisting ADRA in identifying beneficiaries for the distribution.

Funding this response are ADRA International, the ADRA Asia regional office located in Bangkok, Thailand, and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Southeast Asia based in Singapore.

According to the United Nations Country Team in Vietnam, Typhoon Mirinae caused an estimated $280 million in damages, and has affected an approximately 500,000 people. The storm killed at least 122 people, damaged 48,000 homes, and flooded nearly 47,000 acres (19,000 hectares) of rice paddies.

Official reports indicate that nearly two feet (600 mm) of rain fell in one 24-hour period, flooding entire towns.

"It's been the heaviest rain in about 60 years," Nguyen Van Thien, director of the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, told the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) a news service of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Vietnam continues to recover from the effects of Typhoons Ketsana and Parma, which struck the nation last month. More than 160 people were killed by Typhoon Ketsana.

To send your contribution to ADRA's Emergency Response Fund, please contact ADRA at 1.800.424.ADRA (2372) or give online at www.adra.org.

ADRA is a non-governmental organization present in 125 countries providing sustainable community development and disaster relief without regard to political or religious association, age, gender, race or ethnicity.

Author: Nadia McGill

For more information, contact:

John Torres, Senior Public Relations Manager
301.680.6357 (office)
301.680.6370 (fax)
John.Torres@adra.org