- Canadian aid worker available for interview from Laos -
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - World Vision stands ready to
provide emergency assistance with Super Typhoon Haiyan which is
expected to make landfall in Vietnam on Sunday morning.
After causing mass devastation and killing at least 100 people in the
Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan is now heading towards Vietnam, packing
winds of up to 180kph. According to state media, the Vietnamese
government has ordered the evacuation of over 100,000 people in Danang
and Quang Ngai provinces of Central Vietnam. Neighbouring Laos is also
projected to be affected by the storm.
World Vision is working closely with government counterparts and
communities to prepare for the storm, including the reinforcement of
homes and to stockpile food and water supplies. Vietnam and Laos are
already reeling from a series of tropical storms in recent months, and
Typhoon Haiyan may worsen the situation, especially as both countries
are in the midst of their annual rice harvest.
"While the storm will be weaker than when it struck the Philippines,
Haiyan still poses danger to the people of Vietnam," says Mr. Le Van
Duong, World Vision Vietnam's National Humanitarian and Emergency
Affairs Coordinator. "We fear the typhoon could have the potential to
destroy many homes and lead to severe floods and landslides."
"Laos too has been heavily hit this wet season, with flooding and
landslides across the country. People in the southern areas are still
recovering from last month's devastation. Whenever agricultural land is
damaged by storms there can be a devastating long-term impact on
livelihoods," says Canadian aid worker Mark Nonkes who is based in Laos
with World Vision.
"In all tropical storms and typhoons, it's the poor and marginalized who
are the worst affected. We will continue to focus on helping children
and their families from vulnerable communities get through this storm
and strengthen their resilience for future disasters," says Ian Dawes,
World Vision Lao PDR Operations Director.
In September, World Vision responded to mass flooding in southern Laos
where some 66,000 people were affected, and hundreds of hectares of
rice destroyed. The organization provided clean water, food and
emergency medical kits to thousands in the immediate aftermath of the
flood and is continuing to support the affected communities with
livelihood recovery projects.
World Vision works in 56 districts in Vietnam, supporting some 71,500
children in the sponsorships programme. In Laos, the organization works
in 24 districts, supporting more than 40,000 children in the
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SOURCE: World Vision Canada
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