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03 Nov 2017 description

Thao Thi Xay, 37, lives with her three children in Yen Bai province in northern Vietnam. Her husband works as a day laborer away from their remote mountain village. That meant that he wasn’t with his family on the morning in early August when flash flooding devastated their lives.

Xay recalls hearing an unfamiliar rumbling sound that morning. Then she saw the water. It was rising rapidly all around her house, and then it flooded into the home. She and her oldest child had just minutes to scoop up the younger children and climb a nearby hill for safety.

03 Nov 2017 description

“Since we have this water tank, our family always has enough water to use whenever we need it. Also, I love bathing here at home after working in the field and not having to wait until it gets dark so I can go to the stream for that.” – Sung Thi Vau

12 Nov 2013 description


• 11.3 million people are affected by Typhoon Haiyan in 9 regions across the Philippines

• Immediate needs are emergency shelter, food and water and sanitation

• Telecommunications are re-established in most affected areas but accessibility it still a problem

• Tropical depression Zoraida has made landfall over the affected areas with moderate to heavy rainfalls in several areas.

• In Vietnam, Typhoon Haiyan decreased in intensity and the proactive pre-storm measures taken by the government have limited the impact on the population.

11 Nov 2013 description


• 2,055,630 families / 9,497,847 individuals from 9 regions, 41 provinces have been affected by the typhoon

• 132,323 families / 618,175 individuals are currently displaced

• 19,551 houses are reported damaged or partially damaged

• Casualties are expected to rise over 10,000 fatalities, only for Tacloban City

• Telecommunications and accessibility to the most affected region are still limited despite quick restoration and continues to pose challenges and difficulties to access to information

04 Jan 2012 description

NEW YORK – The number of children in poverty who are hungry could reach unparalleled levels in 2012 given the state of the global economy, Church World Service says in its annual New Year's assessment.

16 Oct 2009 description

West Sumatra, Indonesia

CWS is working to assist more than 80,000 people in Padang Pariaman District following the devastating earthquake there on September 30. Among them are Desmawati and Mesraini.

When the earthquake hit, the two women, both heavily pregnant, were at home with their young children while their husbands worked in the rice fields.

16 Oct 2009 description

Appeal Number: #699-P

Appeal Amount: $202,000

SITUATION: As it did with the Philippines and Cambodia, Typhoon Ketsana struck Vietnam in late September, causing serious damage. The storm, hitting Vietnam on September 29, killed 163 persons in 14 provinces in central Vietnam. More than 258,000 houses were destroyed or damaged; flooding affected nearly 295,000 others, more than 100,000 of them in the central province of Thua Thien Hue.

Other infrastructure damaged included roads, schools, health clinics, agricultural land, irrigation systems and dykes.

15 Oct 2009 description

By Chris Herlinger/CWS

Church World Service is responding to a series of rolling disasters that occurred in quick succession: earthquakes and typhoons in Asia that killed hundreds and left thousands homeless. At the same time, we are responding to equally critical needs caused by food crises throughout the world, including a drought in Kenya.

In asking for the public's assistance, CWS Executive Director John L.

02 Oct 2009 description

ELKHART, IN--In the wake of this week's rolling disasters across the Asia Pacific region and recent serious flooding in regions of the U.S., global humanitarian agency Church World Service is calling on its donors and the public nationwide for increased support, as the agency responds to the latest events and begins to assess longer term recovery needs.

The agency is also heightening its appeal for contributions to support the increasing food crisis and famine in Kenya.

"We are urgently asking for help," says Church World Service Executive Director, the Rev. John L.

01 Oct 2009 description

SITUATION: As noted earlier this week, monsoon rains related to Typhoon Ketsana, which affected the Philippines, have hit also Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. In Vietnam, 41 people have died due to flooding.

Worst hit were the major population centers of Hue and Da Nang. Authorities report that more than 52,000 households have been evacuated and residents are staying in shelters.

18 Aug 2008 description


Flooding caused from Typhoon Kammuri is affecting a large area of southeast Asia. Vietnam was hit first by rain from the storm earlier this month, leaving more than 100 dead or missing; subsequent flooding -- described in some reports as the worst flooding in 100 years -- has affected Laos, Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand, and flooding is expected shortly in Cambodia.

12 Aug 2008 description


Wind and rain from Tropical Storm Kammuri , which affected numerous areas of Southeast Asia, has left thousands homeless in Vietnam and is causing widespread flooding in Laos. This was the fourth tropical storm to hit the area this year and affected countries are struggling to curb rising flood waters yet again with sandbags and earthen dams.

In Vietnam, Lao Cai Province is the hardest hit with 37 people dead, 18 injured, and another 38 missing.

11 Dec 2006 description

The Philippines and Vietnam

Rescue and relief efforts continue in the central Philippines and southern Vietnam in the wake of Typhoon Durian, which killed several hundred people and caused millions of dollars in damage to predominately rural areas.

In the Philippines, Durian came ashore just under a category-5 storm, damaging or destroying nearly 250,000 homes.

The most severely hit province is Albay. Durian caused a devastating mudflow that came down the slopes of Mt. Mayon, burying several villages, says CWS partner Christian Aid.

26 Aug 2002 description

Severe flooding and torrential rains are affecting families in parts of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. At least 44 people have died from the flooding in Vietnam in the past month. People are not only vulnerable to being swept away by the flooding, but are also at risk of disease and may lose crops and food security for the near future.

12 Mar 2001 description

Cambodia and Vietnam - CWS is continuing to assist the most vulnerable communities in Cambodia, following severe flooding that affected vast areas of Southeast Asia in Fall 2000.

23 Jan 2001 description

CWS responds to earthquake in El Salvador