Vietnam Prepares for Typhoon Haiyan; Aid agency battles for access to Tacloban City in Philippines

Vietnam Prepares for Typhoon Haiyan; Aid agency battles for access to Tacloban City in Philippines

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WASHINGTON, D.C.(November 9, 2013) — After pummeling the Philippines on Friday, Typhoon Haiyan is expected to pack winds of up to 125 miles per hour as it makes landfall in Vietnam tomorrow morning local time.

One million people could be affected, including 330,000 children.

"We’re preparing for dangerous winds, flash flooding and significant damage to infrastructure. We’re especially concerned about the thousands of children and their families who live in low-lying areas or in homes that might not be able to withstand the full force of Typhoon Haiyan,” said Tuan Doan, Save the Children’s Deputy Country Director in Vietnam.

Save the Children has been working with communities to prepare for natural disasters like this one, and our teams are on alert, ready and waiting to respond.

The typhoon is expected to make landfall across central Vietnam between 4am and 10am Sunday local time, including provinces that were severely hit by the Wutip and Nari Typhoons last month.

Save the Children’s Emergency Response Team is on standby, and will move to the worst affected areas once the storm has passed to assess what help is needed.

Save the Children has about 2,000 household kits, 1,000 hygiene kits and more than 3,000 education kits ready for distribution should the need arise.

In the Philippines, up to 7,000 schools could have been damaged by super storm Haiyan in the Philippines, according to Save the Children, which is working to reach the hardest hit areas like the city of Tacloban.

"We are very concerned for the poorest and most vulnerable children in some of the hardest hit places like Tacloban where there is likely to be catastrophic damage, especially to the homes of the poorest people who live in buildings made from flimsy materials,” said Save the Children’s Country Director Anna Lindenfors.

"While the immediate focus must be on saving lives, we are also extremely worried that thousands of schools will have been knocked out of action or badly affected by the typhoon. In the worst hit areas this will have a terrible impact on children's education and it will be important that we help them back to school as quickly as possible."

Save the Children has been working in the Philippines since 1981, responding to dozens of emergencies across the country. The aid agency mounted large-scale emergency responses to Typhoon Washi in 2011, as well as Typhoon Bopha and the Manila floods last year.

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