CRS Vietnam Braces for Typhoon Ketsana

CRS staff in Vietnam sends word of preparations for the imminent strike of Typhoon Ketsana:

CRS Vietnam is preparing for the landfall of Typhoon Ketsana by distributing 1000 life jackets to schoolchildren in areas already hit by heavy rains. “It’s been raining a lot already in Vietnam—the ground is already saturated,” says Greg Auberry, who oversees CRS’ work in Mekong countries. “We anticipate a lot more flooding.”

As the storm–projected to be a Category 1 typhoon–moves in, CRS Vietnam has temporarily suspended some of its non-emergency activities. CRS works in Quang Nam and Quang Tri, both areas expected to be hit. “We’re working with the local school system to distribute the life jackets,” reports Andrew Wells-Dang, Country Team Leader in Vietnam.

Based from its office in Hanoi, CRS has responded to emergencies in Vietnam since 1995.

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