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Typhoon Molave Strikes Vietnam Triggering Landslides and Putting 2.5 Million Children at Risk

Typhoon Molave slammed into central Vietnam as one of the biggest storms to hit the country in two decades. The deadly storm struck the region on the heels of week-long catastrophic floods.

Those families and communities in the path of flooding have been impacted by damage and destruction. Homes have been lost along with food supplies. With no access to clean water, grave concerns for the health of those already vulnerable to the COVID pandemic's deadly impact grow.  

Before it hit Vietnam, Typhoon Molave passed through the Philippines, where it caused deadly flooding as well as landslides.

Save the Children has been serving the needs of children and families in Vietnam since 1990. Here's what you need to know about the flooding, its impact on children and families and how to help.

How many children have been impacted by Typhoon Molave? 

The storm has put an estimated 2.5 million children at risk. In addition, an estimated 7.7 million people in central Vietnam have been impacted by flooding since earlier this month. [1]

What is the difference between a hurricane, typhoon and cyclone?

A storm becomes a hurricane, typhoon or cyclone once it reaches wind speeds of 74 mph.

What we call a storm depends on where it occurs. Hurricanes occur in the Atlantic and Caribbean, typhoons in the Asia-Northwest Pacific region and cyclones are specific to the South Pacific and Indian Ocean.

What is the impact of climate change on children? 

Climate change is a grave threat to children’s survival, development, nutrition, education, and access to health care – harming the poorest children first and worst, in the U.S. and around the world.

Extreme events, including deadly storms, have become a frightening new normal, and can destroy or disrupt infrastructure critical to children’s well-being. 

More than half a billion children live in high-risk flood zones – this is mostly in developing countries with little capacity to manage these environmental risks.  

While the storm hit during Vietnam's raining season, the country has been struck by more extreme weather than usual. Typhoon Molave is the fourth named storm to make landfall in Vietnam in October and the ninth this year, according to reports by the state-run Vietnam News Agency.

What is Save the Children's history of emergency response in Vietnam?

Save the Children is the global leader in child-focused humanitarian response. We can put a world-class team of health professionals to work for children in crisis anywhere in the world within 72 hours.

We have a long history of responding to humanitarian emergencies in Vietnam and across the Asia region.

How can I help children and families impacted in emergencies?

Nobody knows when the next crisis will strike, but your support helps Save the Children provide assistance in the critical first hours and days of an emergency when children need us most. When generous people like you make your 100% tax-deductible gift, children's lives are saved and their futures are brighter.

Donate to the Children's Emergency Fund today.

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