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30 May 2016 description

According to an announcement of the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam, the Government of Japan decided to provide an urgent non-refundable support of 2.5 million USD, so that Vietnam can overcome consequences caused by the most serious drought-salinity intrusion in the last 100 years.

This sponsor is implemented through the United Nations Children’s Fund and applied for the Central, South Central regions and Mekong Delta where have been seriously affected by droughts and salinity intrusion on large areas since 2014 due to El Nino influence.

30 May 2016 description
report Bangkok Post

While farmers pray that rainfall will return to normal this year, consumers brace for higher food prices and reduced quality resulting from the worst drought in decades.

This depleted water retrenchment pond in Wiset Chai Chan district of Ang Thong was one of the many casualties of Thailand's protracted dry season.

30 May 2016 description

VIET NAM

Flood

Torrential rains have triggered flooding in several places in Viet Nam. In Ha Noi, many roads, cars, public facilities and properties were submerged by water that resulting in heavy traffic jam and disturbance to the people’s activities. The local authority, as a response to the crisis, has mobilised resources to drain out the city from water. As of now, the damages and losses assessment is still being conducted.

29 May 2016 description
report The New York Times

By JANE PERLEZ

SOC TRANG, Vietnam — When the rice shoots began to wither on Lam Thi Loi’s farm in the heart of the Mekong Delta, a usually verdant region of Vietnam, she faced a hard choice: Let them die in the parched earth, or pump salty water from the river to give them a chance.

Like many seasoned farmers here, she risked the saline water. The crop perished within days.

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28 May 2016 description

COLOMBIA

• Heavy rain has been affecting western and centralwestern areas of the country over the past few days causing floods and landslides.

• Media reported at least 100 houses damaged in Valle del Cauca and Antioquia departments.

• Over the next 24 h more heavy rain is forecast for the already affected areas of the country.

IDEAM, NOAA, Local Media

SRI LANKA, INDIA, BANGLADESH, MYANMAR/BURMA

• TC ROANU caused widespread damage and casualties in several countries.

27 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The ongoing El Niño-induced drought and saline intrusion emergency has adversely impacted the lives of two million people, including 520,000 children and a million women with shortage of water and food and now in need of humanitarian assistance in 18 most affected provinces. Reduced access to drinking water and water for other domestic uses exacerbated the prevalence of malnutrition and communicable diseases.

26 May 2016 description
report Viet Nam News

KIÊN GIANG (VNS) — The heavy rain that began yesterday afternoon and continued until this morning has brought some relief to southern Kiên Giang Province, creating better conditions for crops and shrimp farming.

The rain helped water more than 125,500ha of summer-autumn rice crop across the province.

In particular, the province’s three key rice-growing areas - U Minh Thượng, Long Xuyên Quadrilateral Region and the western part of Hậu River - received sufficient water, enabling farmers to start working on the soil to sow new crop.

26 May 2016 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – Torrential rain in recent days has affected people’s lives and damaged property in Hà Nội and a number of northern provinces, according to the standing office of the national committee on disaster prevention and control.

Rainfall of up to 277mm was recorded in some areas of Hà Nội while in Yên Bái, Sơn La, and Tuyên Quang provinces, it was recorded at 247, 150, and 138mm, respectively. It was the highest rainfall level so far this year.

25 May 2016 description

(12:09:06 PM, 25/05/2016)

To cope with droughts and salinity intrusion which have been occurring in many locations in Vietnam since 2015, the European Union (EU) sponsors 90,000 Euro to support the most serious impacted people in the Central Highlands and Mekong Delta.

25 May 2016 description

By Denis McClean

ISTANBUL, Turkey, 25 May 2016 - The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction has peppered the speeches of government representatives making commitments at the World Humanitarian Summit which closed yesterday.

In particular, the ten ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) countries which have been at the centre of some of the world’s worst recent disasters led a debate yesterday on how building resilience to disasters can help reduce the humanitarian burden.

25 May 2016 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI - The Japanese Government yesterday announced emergency aid worth US$2.5 million for Việt Nam to address drought and saltwater intrusion consequences in the central and Mekong Delta regions since late 2014 due to the effects of El Niño.

The aid will be delivered through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), according to the Japanese Embassy in Việt Nam.

23 May 2016 description

By Emily Loewen

A Vietnamese refugee who settled in Canada in 1979 as child now is sponsoring two refugee families from Syria with the help of MCC Canada and her friends.

ALBERTA, Canada – As a 5-year-old resting in her mother’s arms at the bottom of a boat crowded with refugees, Nhung Tran could not have imagined the life she’s living now. A life as a doctor in Canada. A life where she is responsible for bringing two families to safety as a sponsor.

23 May 2016 description
report Viet Nam News

Update: May, 21/2016 - 09:33

HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam needs to be well-prepared to cope with natural disasters, which have become more fierce and unpredictable in recent years, deputy head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s General Irrigation Department Trần Quang Hoài said yesterday.

Speaking at a conference on preventing natural disasters held in Hà Nội yesterday, Hoài said Việt Nam has built legal policies and improved facilities to prevent natural disasters and overcome their consequences.

20 May 2016 description

In response to the ongoing drought and saltwater intrusion which has hit parts of Vietnam since the end of 2015, the European Union is providing 90,000 EUR in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations in the Central Highlands and the Mekong Delta regions.

19 May 2016 description
  • As of 18 May 2016, 60 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

  • 46 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).

  • 14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

19 May 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No updates)

As of 31 March, there were 91 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016 (28 in January, 45 in February, 18 in March). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2015), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2016 (Figure 1).

Malaysia (No updates)

19 May 2016 description

By Celina Y. Loyzaga

Synopsis

On 13 May 2016, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environmental Agency (NEA) reported Singapore’s first imported case of the Zika virus. Although the case of patient zero is likely to be a one-off instance,
Singaporeans and ASEAN nations alike should be concerned about the implications and consider upcoming medical technologies to curb the spread of the disease.

Commentary

17 May 2016 description
report CARE

Executive Summary

The project ‘Integrated Community-based Adaptation in the Mekong Delta Region (ICAM) was launched in mid-2012 to increase community adaptive capacity and resilience to existing hazards and the impacts of climate change. Three years on, this evaluation finds that the project led to the commitment of government agencies and mass organizations to community-based adaptation, to better inter-agency collaboration and to stronger vertical links and responsiveness.