Thousands homelss after typhoon slams central Vietnam.

By October 13, 2006

Vietnam (MNN)–The death toll continues to rise from typhoons that hit central Vietnam two weeks ago.

Typhoon Xangsane (which means ‘elephant’ in Lao) hit the Philippines first before moving on to Vietnam. Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang and Quang Nam were the provinces that were most heavily hit.

World Vision Vietnam is providing initial relief to survivors. The team is taking in food, medicine and emergency shelter.

The storm destroyed nearly 40 percent of the houses in the worst hit areas. Authorities are still on the alert for possible floods and landslides. The same reports indicate roads are damaged, telecommunications and power networks out, and fisheries and crops along a roughly 600-mile stretch in Vietnam are nearly destroyed.

World Vision staff said that Da Nang General Hospital was overwhelmed with nearly 500 people injured by Xangsane. The city’s local steering committee has asked the medical sector to provide treatment to those injured as well as guidance to people in typhoon-hit areas in order to prevent epidemics.

Pray that World Vision staff are able to provide relief assistance to storm survivors effectively as the hands and feet of Christ .

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