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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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AFGHANISTAN Bringing power to the mountains

 22nd Sep 2009    Afghanistan

Charkent may be beautiful, but it’s a tough place to live by anyone’s standards. Abandoned Soviet tanks still line the rocky two-hour ascent from Mazar-i-Sharif up into the mountains that barred their progress South. The cool air and mountain streams which foster the crops of wheat and chickpeas come at ...

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INDONESIA Tsunami five years later

 19th Sep 2009    Indonesia

It was high noon in Banda Aceh, a city that was devastated by the great tsunami in late 2004. The capital of the northernmost province on Sumatra and in Indonesia sounds rather quiet. For the past five years, it has struggled to re-emerge. Today, rows of new buildings are seen ...

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NIGER Microcredit gives more political power to women

 15th Sep 2009    Niger

In 1992, when the idea of a microcredit and savings programme emerged from the first project in the Maradi Region (in south central Niger), it was hard to imagine that its impact on rural women would

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