As the Philippines recovers from Typhoon Ketsana, Vietnam is currently feeling the brunt of the storm. In Vietnam the Red Cross evacuated 160,000 people in advance of the storm’s landfall and has pre-positioned search and rescue teams as well as relief supplies to respond quickly once the storm passes.
While Ketsana drenched the Philippines, the outer edges of the storms caused flooding in Vietnam, which severely damaged agriculture and directly affected 60,000 people. In both countries thousands of volunteers were mobilized to evacuate people, and carry out needs assessments, as well as provide food and water to survivors.
The Philippines Red Cross is performing search and rescue activities, operating shelters, serving hot meals, delivering blankets and other relief supplies to people affected by the storm.
“Thousands of volunteers have been working around the clock since the storm hit the Philippines on Saturday,” says Alex Mahoney, disaster manager for Asia for the American Red Cross. “Search and rescue teams are providing relief and emotional support to the traumatized families as well as first aid to the sick and injured.”
Forecasters projected Ketsana to have torrential winds up to about 90 miles per hour as it passed over Vietnam. Due to the normal monsoon season rainfall and flooding plus the severity of this storm, there is a possibility for a substantial amount of damage and need.
While both countries cope with the aftermath of Typhoon Ketsana, locally known as Typhoon Ondoy, two additional storms are forming nearby, one of which is projected to hit the previously affected portion of the Philippines. The Red Cross there is already making preparations.