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Red Cross responds to typhoon and floods in Asia and Africa

8 November 2010

The British Red Cross has donated £240,000 from its Disaster Fund to help people affected by a typhoon in the Philippines and floods in Vietnam and Burkina Faso.

‘Super’ Typhoon Megi struck the northern part of the Philippines on 18 October 2010, as a category five storm, with winds of more than 220 km/hour and accompanied by heavy rain. More than two million people are affected, with around 118,000 homes damaged and 31,000 destroyed.

Initial assessments indicated an urgent need for shelter and the Philippine Red Cross immediately distributed emergency relief supplies, including tarpaulins to 2,500 families.

Philippines typhoon

Typhoon Megi has been the most damaging of the 2010 tropical storm season, and the Philippines was still recovering from the effects of Ketsana and other typhoons that struck in 2009.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched an appeal to assist 60,000 people. The £100,000 contributed by the British Red Cross will provide 20,000 blankets, 10,000 jerry cans and 1,140 hygiene kits for affected families.

Vietnam floods

Vietnam woman sitting in rubble after the floodsIn Vietnam, torrential rains fell throughout October, creating severe flooding in the central part of the country. It is estimated that more than 140 people died and around 1.1 million people are badly affected, with many homes damaged or destroyed.

In two of the worst-affected provinces, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh, more than 21,000 hectares of agricultural land was destroyed, causing the loss of at least 71,000 tonnes of food and seeds.

The Vietnamese Red Cross, with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, is providing emergency assistance for 28,500 of the most vulnerable families. This help will include distributing food, water and other supplies, as well as assistance with livelihoods and psychosocial support. The £40,000 contributed by the British Red Cross will be used to buy food.

Burkina Faso floods

More than 133,000 people are in need of help following extensive flooding throughout Burkina Faso, which was caused by several months of torrential rains.

The British Red Cross contribution of £100,000 will help people with water and sanitation needs, and with restarting their livelihoods.

Read more about the Burkina Faso floods

Find out how we helped people in the Philippines and Vietnam affected by Typhoon Ketsana in 2009

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