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
Quy is one of thousands of day labourers in the Mekong delta who eke out a marginal existence, even in normal times. With
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.
Operation begins in Bac Lieu province
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.
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.
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICE
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."
The Red Cross is moving rapidly to assist victims of the worst typhoon to strike southern Vietnam in over 100 years.
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.
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.
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
(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,
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.
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.
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I am pleased to announce that Australia is providing $300 000 in response to the international appeal launched over the weekend by the Government of Vietnam following Cyclone Linda on 2 November.
By John Chalmers
HANOI, Vietnam (Reuters) - More
than 3,600 people are still missing or unaccounted for a week after the
worst storm in
nearly a century ravaged the tip of southern Vietnam.
A Reuter tally of figures from provinces
hit by the storm put the number of dead, mostly fishermen who were caught
out at sea
in winds of up to 63 mph, at 546. Tens of thousands have been left homeless.
The Red Cross assessment team continues its work in the Mekong delta of southern Vietnam, travelling mostly by riverboat along the canals and tributaries that make up the water-based communities in this part of the country.
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Government of Vietnam appeals for International Assistance
An assessment team comprising four International Federation delegates and four Vietnam Red Cross staff is now travelling through the Mekong Delta on the southern tip of the country. They met with staff and volunteers from community branches and with local government officials in a major effort to measure the effects of Typhoon Linda and to put a disaster response and rehabilitation plan into action.