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Water as far as the eye can see

Early start. We check out of the hotel in Dong Ha. It’s a murky morning outside. Somewhere in the hotel, someone is playing that karaoke classic/horror that goes “All by myself…”. It gives the place an end of the world feeling.

We leave the hotel before 0600 for Hue. We’re travelling back to Hanoi for some meetings with government and the other humanitarian agencies. There will be a meeting where we hear the assessment reports from across six provinces and agree who will focus in which place. The aim is to understand who has been hit the hardest by this storm and to then make best use of the resources that we receive from generous supporters, donors and businesses.

As we take off in the plane, there is water as far as the eye can see. It looks like the sea but is broken by the lines of roads and the occasional group of rooftops. It’s almost a week since the Typhoon Ketsana.

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