Between 26 July – 3 Aug, wide spread heavy rainfall has affected most of Northern Region of Vietnam. Some provinces experienced extreme rainfalls such as Quảng Ninh, Điện Biên, Lạng Sơn, Sơn La, Lai Châu, Bắc Giang.
Quang Ninh is the most affected province. Rainfall recorded during 26-30 July 2015 in a number of stations was significantly above the seasonal average: 886mm in Co To Island, 890mm in Mong Cai, 1172mm in Cua Ong.
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Heavy rains during the last two weeks have caused floods and landslides in several parts of the country. On 31 Jul, the President’s Office announced natural disaster zones in Chin State, Sagaing Region, Magway Region and Rakhine State. As of 2 Aug, the Government has reported over 200,000 people affected and 36 people killed. This figure is likely to rise as more information becomes available.
The Government is leading the response providing food, water, medicines, shelter, non-food items, cash and other relief items.
China (no update)
As of 30 June, there were 43 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015(Figure 1).
Yangon, Myanmar | AFP | Monday 8/3/2015 - 13:08 GMT
by Nan Tin HTWE
Monsoon rains have claimed hundreds of lives across Asia, authorities reported Monday, as rescuers scrambled to reach remote areas of India, Pakistan and Myanmar after flash floods and landslides.
Authorities in India say more than 120 people have died across the country in recent days, while more than a million have been displaced by rains worsened by a cyclone that barrelled through the Bay of Bengal last week.
HA NOI (VNS) — Continuous torrential rains and floods over the weekend have left three people dead and six injured in the northern mountainous provinces of Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Son La and Lao Cai. The natural calamity also resulted in the collapse and submergence of hundreds of houses in the northern region.
Earlier, 17 others died and eight were injured in Quang Ninh Province due to torrential rains that started on July 26 and became the province's worst disaster in the last 40 years.
Yangon, Myanmar | AFP | Sunday 8/2/2015 - 19:29 GMT | by Nan Tin HTWE
The toll from flash floods and landslides in Myanmar caused by days of torrential rain is likely to rise, the UN warned Sunday, as monsoon downpours heaped misery on thousands across the region.
At least 27 people have been killed and more than 150,000 affected by flooding in Myanmar in recent days, with the government declaring the four worst-hit areas in central and western Myanmar "national disaster-affected regions".
- Flooded after rain
- Lao Cai urgently evacuates residents from danger zones
- Naval ship rescues stranded tourists
- Whirlwinds, heavy rain damage trees in Binh Phuoc
- Torrential rain costs Quang Ninh nearly $46 mil
QUANG NINH (VNS)— Forecasts of more heavy rain until Tuesday in northeastern provinces have authorities working hard to institute more measures to ensure residents' safety in the event of landslides and flooding.
By Ly Nguyen, IFRC
Torrential rains over the past week in Viet Nam have caused extensive flooding and landslides in Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province prompting the Viet Nam Red Cross Society to provide emergency relief to the local population.
Quang Ninh, a large province on the northeastern coast, is prone to flooding during the monsoon season but the rains this year are considered to be the heaviest in 40 years, so far leaving 17 people dead and eight missing.
VGP – PM NguyenTan Dung on July 29 issued another public telegraph, asking local authorities of northern coastal Quang Ninh province and relevant agencies to drastically assist local residents in surmounting consequences of floods caused by torrential rains.
· FAO’s global cereal price index continued to fall in Q2-2015, down 19 percent year-on-year.
· The real price of wheat dropped a further 9 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 33 percent lower than in Q2-2014, thanks to increased global supply and lower consumption.
· The real price of maize has fallen by 3 percent since Q1-2015 and is 21 percent lower than inQ2-2014. However, global production for 2015/16 is set to be lower and thus prices are likely to rise.
· The growing season of May-October 2015 in east Asia is unfolding under an evolving El Nino event that will peak in late 2015.
· Below average rainfall has been the dominant feature of the 2015 season across East Asia, particularly from Myanmar across to southern Vietnam, where noticeable delays in the onset of the agricultural growing season have already been detected.
HCM CITY (VNS) — With more and more construction constricting and speeding up the flow of HCM City's canals and rivers, eight more landslides have occurred on their banks this year alone, all at new spots, taking the all-time number to 45.
The Domestic Waterway Management Department said they occurred in four spots in Cu Chi District and one each in districts 2, Thu Duc, Can Gio, and Nha Be.
Earlier this month in Thu Duc's Hiep Binh Phuoc Ward, 2,000sq.m of soil slid into the river taking along a couple and their three-year-old boy, who were luckily saved.
QUANG NINH (VNS) — Local authorities and people in Quang Ninh Province are still trying to clean up the severe damage created by five-days of torrential rain.
To date, 23 people have been reported either dead or missing.
The province has spent a total of VND15 billion (US$740,000) on financial assistance to hundreds of families left homeless by the deluge.
Yesterday, most damaged electricity supplies were reconnected as the provincial power company replaced damaged lines and reinforced transmission stations.
HA NOI (VNS) — Hundreds of thousands of residents in Ha Noi will be moved to safe places if a strong typhoon hits the capital, deputy chairman of the municipal People's Committee Tran Xuan Viet said yesterday.
Viet said they would be moved to schools, cultural houses (dinh), sporting halls and other strong public buildings when winds reached more than 118km per hour.
He added that evacuations would begin the day before the full force of the typhoon was expected.
• Severe weather has caused extensive damage in southern Asian countries over the past couple of weeks.
El Niño in Asia: Prolonged dry weather in several countries affecting plantings and yield potential of the 2015 main season food crops
Prolonged dry weather associated with El Niño has impaired the production outlook for the ongoing 2015 main season in several countries, including Cambodia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Philippines and Viet Nam
QUANG NINH (VNS) — Fifteen people died and another seven were missing in torrential rain that lasted for three days in northern Quang Ninh Province.
The rain, the heaviest downpour in 40 years, totalled 828mm in places. It started in the north-eastern part of the province on Sunday and caused over VND1 trillion (US$45.8 million) in damage by 2pm yesterday.
The provincial People's Committee yesterday said that more than 2,800 houses had collapsed in the deluge and that 143ha of crops and about 880 fishing pens were swamped with water.
• As of 27 July (NDMA), due to the recent floods, there were: 69 death, 36 people injured and over 290,000 people affected.
• Over the next 48 h, widespread rains (locally heavy) are forecast for most of the country, maintaining the risk of further flash flooding in the already affected areas. As of 28 July (PMD), significant flood is forecast for river Indus at Taunsa on 30-31 July.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Poor rains affect crops in parts but overall prospects for 2015 aggregate rice production remain favourable
Rice exports in 2015 are forecast slightly below last year’s low level
Domestic prices of rice declined slightly in first two weeks of July