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On November 4, 2017, Typhoon Damrey ripped through Viet Nam. More than 100 people lost their lives and over 130,000 homes were damaged or flooded. Winds of up to 135 km/hour battered provinces like Khanh Hoa- an area that historically has been spared such ferocious storms in the past. It was particularly poignant that the storm struck as high level global conferences were bringing world leaders together to discuss both the global impact of Climate Change at the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation.

Helping impacted families with relief and repairs is critical, particularly as the 2017 typhoon season is not yet over. Ensuring access to emergency services is fundamental to containing the current humanitarian emergency and saving lives. Providing shelter, food, repairing homes, schools and buildings helps the normalisation of education and other public services.It also helps step the tide of rural to urban migration often associated with natural disaster impacts. Such migration, particularly of unaccompanied teenagers seeking employment is a well known protection risk factor, often placing these highly vulnerable populations at risk to trafficking other forms of exploitation.

The Government of Viet Nam is committed to helping people in the most vulnerable areas build storm and flood resilient houses. In the Central Region that has helped more than 20,000 of the most vulnerable households build safe homes. This successful program also helped inspire Viet Nam’s first successful climate resilience projects that was among the first globally to win grant funding from the newly established Green Climate Fund (GCF).

We extend and expand emergency shelter support for those in need today, and also to fortify future safe housing initiatives targeting the poor and near poor for whom housing loans are often out of reach. The Green Climate Fund coastal resilience partnership with the Government can generate transformative impact in Viet Nam. To accomplish this requires more funds and future Government programs to make sure that no vulnerable child, no persons with disability, no elderly person living alone, no family struggling to climb out of poverty needs to worry about that most basic need: finding shelter from the next storm.

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