Thu, 03 Dec 2020

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations and humanitarian partners assessing the situation in central Vietnam following typhoon Molave said on Friday that nearly 70 people are reported dead or missing, 88,000 houses damaged and about 375,000 people moved to evacuation centers.

Quang Ngai and Kon Tum provinces have been most severely affected, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a release. Information on the full extent of the damage and impact of the storm is still being collected by the government, the United Nations and humanitarian partners.

The government is leading the response to the typhoon, which struck earlier in the week.

Many of the evacuation centers are overcrowded, with no access to basic facilities such as water, sanitation or health care, which will increase the risk for the spread of COVID-19, OCHA said. Humanitarian partners are assisting government-led response efforts, distributing household and relief kits, food, water purification packets and cash assistance to affected populations.

The UN country team is developing a response plan and is supporting relief efforts with information management, reporting and resource mobilization, the humanitarian office said.

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said on OCHA's ReliefWeb it has made 540,000 U.S. dollars available for immediate support for women and girls.

The agency said it has distributed dignity kits and provided vital maternal health equipment, such as Doppler Fetal Heart Rate Detectors.

The UNFPA is also supporting the delivery of mobile and outreach sexual and reproductive health services.

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