MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - World Vision staff are quickly
changing gears as they prepare for the arrival of Typhoon Haiyan after
it shifted course late last night. The storm is expected to bring 20 to
30 cm of rain to northern Vietnam, where several other tropical storms
have recently battered the region.
Yesterday, World Vision staff and government counterparts helped move
some 600,000 people to evacuations centres in Central Vietnam where the
storm was initially projected to hit. They worked alongside
government counterparts in the lead-up to the storm, assisting to
moving families to evacuation centres, providing families with food and
water and sandbagging homes.
World Vision staff continue to carefully track the situation.
Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines last week, where up to 10,000
people are feared dead in the storm's wake. Gusts of 275 kilometres per
hour, washed out roads, downed power lines, fallen debris and trees
have made the recovery effort challenging.
"When Haiyan strikes North Vietnam, heavy downpours will add to risk of
flooding and perhaps landslides as this region has already experienced
numerous tropical storms in recent weeks," says Albert Yu,
Communications Director for East Asia based in Hanoi.
"I've never seen such a violent force that destroyed everything in its
path. It's really large scale. It's immense. We're still in shock. We
lost power and water supplies. I was on the top floor of a building,
and it was shaking. But instead of tremors from the ground, the force
came from strong winds and harsh rains," says Aaron Aspi, an emergency
communications specialist for WV Philippines, based in Cebu province.
World Vision is a child-focused humanitarian organization that works in
56 districts in Vietnam, supporting over 72,000 children in the
With 55 years of experience in the Philippines, World Vision currently
assists around 33, 000 children in 12 Visayan provinces and is current
gathering resources to assist 1.2 million people (240,000 families)
with items such as cooking oil and rice, hygiene kits, emergency
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