Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The government had approved VNĐ2 trillion (US$90 million) in emergency aid to help the Mekong Delta provinces recover from severe drought and saltwater intrusion.
However, not a penny from the fund has been disbursed because the concerned ministries failed to reach an agreement over the disbursement.
Minister-head of Government Office Mai Tiến Dũng criticised the ministries of planning and investment and agriculture for the slow disbursement when he met ministry leaders yesterday.
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HÀ NỘI — Residents and authorities of Tứ Liên Ward in the city’s Tây Hồ District are struggling to deal with the aftermath of Typhoon Dianmu.
A week has passed since Typhoon Dianmu made landfall in the northern provinces, including Hà Nội, the residential area No 5 of Tứ Liên Ward remained flooded as of Friday morning.
Most of the narrow passageways in the residential area are under 50cm of water, the online Dân Trí newspaper reported.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 21-27 August 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, yellow fever, West Nile fever and malaria in Greece.
Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:
Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Haiti
Tropical Storm ‘Dianmu’, which made landfall on August 19th, triggered flood and landslide in Yen Bai, Phu Tho, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La, Hoa Binh and Than Hoa provinces.
As of August 22nd, nine people were reported to have died and 2,215 houses were affected due to the incidents.
The Government of Viet Nam has utilised national capacity to manage the effects of the storm.
Ha Noi, 23 August 2016 – The government of Viet Nam has issued the National Guidelines for the Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) among children under six years of age, making it the third country in the region to adopt such guidelines which are in line with the 2013 recommendations from the World Health Organization. The aim is to reduce child deaths by improving the quality of lifesaving nutrition services for children. Nationally, 45 percent of deaths of children under five years are related to under-nutrition.
Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region
As of 31 July 2016, there were 237 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than the number of cases reported in the same period of the previous four years (2012-2015).
LÀO CAI – Flooding caused by prolonged rains resulted in a landslide which crushed three houses early Tuesday morning in Sa Pa District, Lào Cai northern mountainous province, officials said.
Among the three houses, one, a newly-built four-storey structure, was completely destroyed.
No fatalities, however, have been reported. One injured person, Nguyễn Công Hà, 33, the owner of the four-storey house, was treated at Sa Pa general hospital.
by Jazmin Burgess, Global Coordinator, Boots on the Ground, UNDP
Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are on the frontlines of climate change. With populations often heavily reliant on climate-vulnerable sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and forestry to drive their economies, the impacts of climate change are amplified. One erratic storm or years of changing growing seasons can wipe out food and water supplies for years or decades.
Against the backdrop of the worst drought in Viet Nam in 90 years - attributed to the El Niño weather event, 52 out of the 63 provinces (83 percent) have been affected by drought and 18 provinces have declared state of emergencies, as of June 2016. Coupled with impacts from the drought, in coastal areas saltwater intrusion has extended up to 90 kilometres (km) inland in some areas, leaving river water too salty for human or animal consumption or to irrigate crops and continue fishfarming production.
KHÁNH HÒA — Ministry of Health officials are inspecting dengue fever prevention activities in the central Khánh Hòa Province, one of 18 areas in the country hit by the epidemic.
The ministry reported the rocketing number of dengue fever infections had overloaded hospitals in four Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands) and central coastal provinces over the last few weeks.
One of the main reasons for the rapid spread of the mosquito-borne disease is the negligence of local authorities and people in managing disease prevention initiatives.
HÀ NỘI – Typhoon Dianmu has so far cost the lives of at least seven people and left another two missing after sweeping through northern Việt Nam over the weekend.
Eight people were also injured due to falling trees, collapsed houses and landslides as the raging typhoon made landfall on Friday, reported the Office of the Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention (OCSCDP) as of 7am yesterday.
Yên Bái Province was hit the hardest with two deaths and one injured. Other provinces of Sơn La, Lào Cai, Hòa Bình, Bắc Giang and Nghệ An each had one fatality.
LÀO CAI – Six workers of a gold mine in the northern Lào Cai Province have reportedly become the latest victims of typhoon Dianmu as their tent was swept away by floods.
Phạm Văn Thắng, secretary of Văn Bàn District’s Party Committee, said yesterday evening that the accident happened early Saturday morning in the exploitation site of Vàng Nhẫn Company in the district’s Mà Sa Phìn hamlet, Nâm Xây Commune.
The floods swept away two workers and injured four.
The bodies of the two missing victims were later found in Chăn stream and were handed over to their families.
Japan - Tropical Cyclones KOMPASU, MINDULLE, LIONROCK
• TC KOMPASU made landfall on 21 August in Hokkaido as Tropical Depression. Over 6 000 people have been evacuated in this island.
• TC MINDULLE made landfall on 22 August in Chiba prefecture as Tropical Storm. Two people have been killed, several have been injured, over 469 000 have been evacuated in Kanagawa prefecture. Over the next 24 h it is forecast to continue moving northeast, weakening but remaining a Tropical Storm.
The report summarizes the technical content of the workshop, highlights key principles, lessons and way forward. The workshop was jointly organized by UNICEF and the SUN Movement Secretariat, aimed to accelerate the efforts of Asian countries in the SUN movement to increase the dialogue and alignment among sectors by reporting on multi-sectoral nutrition budgets and costs of multi-sectoral nutrition plans, addressing the issue of decentralized public finance, and contributing to making the investment case for nutrition.
• TC DIANMU made landfall on 18 August in Guangdong (China) as a Tropical Storm; then it reached northern Vietnam on 19 August morning.
• As of 19 August morning, media reported 40 000 people evacuated and 200 houses damaged in Hainan province (China), one dead and at least 360 people evacuated in northern Vietnam.
HÀ NỘI — Storm Dinamu swept through the northern port city of Hải Phòng to the northern Ninh Bình Province after making landfall in the mainland yesterday, bring in heavy rains to the northern and northern central regions, the National Hydrometeorological Forecast Centre said.
The storm, the third of its kind to hit Viet Nam so far this year, was 20.7 degrees north and 106.4 degrees east at 2pm yesterday in the area of Hải Phòng city and Thái Bình province, hitting localities with maximum wind speeds of 90km per hour, the centre said.
Tropical Cyclone DIANMU made landfall on 18 August early morning (UTC) in Guangdong (China) as a Tropical Storm continued moving east slightly strengthening. As of 19 August early morning (UTC), about 40 000 people are reported to have been evacuated and 200 houses have been damaged in Hainan province (China).
On 19 August at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 75 km south-east of Hai Phong city and 200 km south-east of the capital Hanoi. It had max. sustained winds speed of 74 km/h (tropical storm).
HÀ NỘI – Storm Dianmu has made landfall from the northern Hải Phòng port city to the northern Ninh Bình province this afternoon, the National Hydrometeorological Forecast Centre said.
The storm, the third of its kind to hit the country so far this year, is moving west at 15km to 20km per hour and was located off the provinces extending from Hải Phòng to Ninh Bình at 10am on Friday, with a maximum wind speed of 100km per hour, the centre said.