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When Tuan returned home, all that was left was one sandal….

The team here is exceptionally busy – organising procurement of thousands of supplies to distribute to the poorest families whose lives been turned upside down by Typhoon Ketsana, briefing teams, making plans…

Many of the worst affected areas are in isolated communities in the mountains. They’re very difficult to reach, especially since many of the roads are now impassable and bridges have been destroyed.

One of our staff shared with a me a story of a nin-year-old boy she met in Quang Tri province – one of the worst-hit areas, where flooding took a week to recede.

When Tuan and his grandmother returned to their house, they had to sift through roof tiles and debris for anything they could salvage. All that Tuan found was one small sandal.

On Sunday we’re distributing life-saving items to Tuan and his family, and thousands of others.  These families will also need our assistance with their longer term recovery – and we’re planning for that too.

Tuan told us, “I’m still scared. I’m very scared because when I came back home there was nothing to eat and I’m afraid the house will collapse. I’m afraid the flood will come again. I wish for new books and a new house to live in.”

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