Samaritan’s Purse teams are busy distributing emergency relief items in the aftermath of storms and flooding in Vietnam.
A series of deadly tropical storms in rapid succession has caused catastrophic damage and the worst flooding that parts of Southeast Asia have endured in more than four decades.
Floodwaters, fallen trees, and debris have left entire villages inaccessible. Hundreds of thousands of homes across the region are damaged or destroyed. Decimated crops have left farmers without any income source.
Samaritan’s Purse is working in the Philippines and Vietnam to provide critical relief supplies in the wake of this historic flooding season.
The country was still reeling from widespread flooding and landslides when Typhoon Molave made landfall south of the coastal city of Da Nang in central Vietnam.
Then, after moving away from the Philippines, Typhoon Vamco set its sights on Vietnam, forcing more than 650,000 people to evacuate.
Samaritan’s Purse Canada is working with our partners to distribute emergency response kits to displaced families that include supplies such as newborn care items, food baskets, hygiene kits, and supplementary nutrition supplies. The Samaritan’s Purse field office in Vietnam was also able to distribute other essential kitchen items and supplies.
Beneficiaries such as Hop were grateful to meet our teams and receive the relief items.
“The storm came and swept away all our belongings,” he said. “We don’t have anything left in the house.”
Dau is a widow and her children live far away. She is staying with a neighbor after the typhoon destroyed her home.
“Thank you for these items,” she said. “I have pots to cook with tonight.”
Another beneficiary told our staff that she was “overjoyed” as she opened the emergency relief kit. “The flood took away everything we had. Anything we receive now is a joy,” Vang said. “Our old mosquito net was torn by the flood water. Now we also have a blanket to use.”
Please continue to pray for hurting people and for our relief work in these three countries recently hit by so many storms.