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INDONESIA I never thought that we would be this lucky

 8th Oct 2009    Indonesia

Behind hills and lines of trees, perching on the edge of a cliff in the highlands 45 kilometers from the city of Pariaman, the village of Korong Barang-barangan is effectively hidden from the world. The village is not connected to the power or water grids. So when the earthquake struck ...

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INDONESIA It is a disaster no one can be blamed

 7th Oct 2009    Indonesia

It was Wednesday afternoon in the village of Tanjung Alai. Sariani had just finished her prayers and was sitting in the living room watching TV with her five-year-old grandchild, Farisa. It was a regular evening; everything was just fine until the ground started to shake.

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INDONESIA God I will never forget the sound

 7th Oct 2009    Indonesia

Zaimarti is sitting on the corner of a wooden bench in front of what used to be her home, finishing her lunch – instant noodles with some rice. It’s the same menu she’s had for the past five days, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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VIETNAM Captive to the whims of the river

 6th Oct 2009    Vietnam

In the early afternoon of 29 September, the eye of Typhoon Ketsana ripped through the central province of Quang Nam, buffeting communities with gusts of over 150 kilometres an hour. The road from the coastal city of Danang is littered with remnants of the storm; gashes in the asphalt where ...

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VIETNAM Life lived on a tightrope

 6th Oct 2009    Vietnam

Straw hanging from twisted powerlines resembles washing hung out to dry. Rows of telegraph poles lie skittled, while buffaloes wallow in churned heaps of mud beside the road. They are vivid scenes redolent of the destruction wrought by Typhoon Ketsana.

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INDONESIA My friends who I grew up with are gone

 6th Oct 2009    Indonesia

On September 30, Indra, a 20-year-old student in Padang, West Sumatra, gets a desperate phone call from his mother. The island has just been struck with a massive earthquake. Indra leaves Padang and rushes back to his home in the remote village of Pulo Air. Fortunately, he arrives to find ...

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PHILIPPINES Super typhoon causes fear and panic

 4th Oct 2009    Philippines

It started to rain a few hours ago, and it’s dark. Today we were supporting the government order to evacuate people from high-risk areas as a precautionary measure.

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LAOS The poorest will suffer the most

 2nd Oct 2009    Laos

As we waited for Typhoon Ketsana to hit, our first priority was the safety of our staff. Any at risk were immediately called back and commonsense things like closing windows and doors, making sure we had enough drinking water and ensuring that our staff prepared their own houses were done ...

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INDONESIA Eyewitness report from the disaster zone

 2nd Oct 2009    Indonesia

At 9:00 pm local time, on Thursday, October 1, CARE worker Bahtra Tarigan arrived at the airport in Padang on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia with the rest of the CARE emergency response team. There is no power and no functional communications. By texting on his cell phone, Bahtra has ...

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VIETNAM The worst typhoon in decades

 30th Sep 2009    Vietnam

Typhoon Ketsana, which caused such horrific damages in the Philippines, has now hit Vietnam. It is officially the worst typhoon that some areas of Vietnam has seen in decades. As it slammed through the small island nation of the Philippines, we in Vietnam braced for what we knew would soon ...

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