Typhoon Doksuri made landfall on Vietnam on September 15, 2017, killing six people and injuring 215 others. With sustained winds of 135 km/hr, it caused severe damage to almost 200,000 homes and affected the lives of more than 1.5 million people. Agriculture, aquaculture and infrastructure all sustained heavy damage, putting people’s health and livelihoods at risk.
Several thousand families were forced to live in temporary shelters and many did not have the means to repair their homes. The impact on agriculture and aquaculture affected more than 500,000 people. Water supply systems were also damaged by the ensuing flooding, leading to a loss of clean drinking water and increasing the risk of water-borne diseases.
CARE Canada assisted families already living in poverty who were severely affected by the typhoon to help meet their shelter and hygiene needs and improve their access to potable water.
They provided a $550 CAD cash grant to 115 households to assist them in repairing their homes as well as delivering containers for water storage to 500 of the most vulnerable households, focusing on pregnant women, women who have children under 2 years of age, single mothers, elderly women and people with disabilities. They distributed hygiene kits containing soap, towels, sanitary pads and wash cloths to 3,000 households and conducted information sessions on proper hygiene practices following a disaster to prevent the risk of disease.