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Jesuits in Vietnam respond to the chaos left from six typhoons

Fr Peter Phuc, SJ, Head of the Jesuit Social Apostolate Ministry of the Vietnam Province, and friends visit and aid flood victims in central Vietnam

Jesuits in Central Vietnam are responding to a flood crisis that has uprooted the lives of thousands of people.

After many days of irregular, torrential rain from September to date, six successive typhoons combined with the discharge of water from nine hydroelectric dams, have left thousands of vulnerable families stranded in the provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam, with no access to food, water or shelter.

Jesuit priests, nuns, Buddhist monks and local governors have collaborated in creating a relief program for flood victims that will provide 20 tons of rice and emergency assistance to 2,000 vulnerable families.

“Pastoral halls of 40 parishes in selected areas will be used as a place for distributing 2,000 packs of food supplies and drinking water to beneficiaries,” said Father Peter Phuc SJ, Head of the Jesuit Social Apostolate Ministry of the Vietnam Province.

With the floods decimating over 300,000 hectares of rice and fruit plantations, and killing 50,000 domestic animals in the months of September and October, the Jesuits are looking to later prioritise the distribution of seedlings and livestock to restore the livelihoods of the most vulnerable.

Once flooding eases, your financial support will additionally be distributed to repair 500 damaged houses.

Please stand in solidarity with the devastated families in Vietnam and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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Posted 24 November 2020

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