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Millions displaced by tropical storms in Philippines, Vietnam and China

Publisher Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)
Publication Date 23 August 2012
Cite as Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Millions displaced by tropical storms in Philippines, Vietnam and China, 23 August 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/50387d0c1043.html [accessed 20 December 2014]
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In early August, flooding associated with monsoon rains exacerbated by Typhoon Haikui killed 109 people and displaced approximately 1.1 million in the Manila metropolitan area and much of northern and eastern Philippines. Less than two weeks later, tropical storm Kai-tak (Helen) caused the deaths of 130 people and displacement of approximately a quarter million more in the northern Philippines, Viet Nam and southern China.

In the Philippines, most people were expected to be able to return to their homes less than one week following the disaster. However, some 60,000 people whose homes were completely destroyed remain displaced and in need of longer-term temporary shelters.

In Viet Nam, the damage left by Kai-tak resulted in approximately 12,000 houses being damaged, while in China, the typhoon destroyed about 4,200 homes with a further 17,300 damaged in Guangdong and Guangxi.

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