Viet Nam: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2017Alert
Floods in the Mekong Delta are expected to occur earlier this year due to higher than average rainfall, according to Viet Nam's National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. This year’s flood peak is expected to occur in the first half of October, at levels 2 and 3 (Tiền River in Tân Châu station, from 4.0 to 4.5m; and Hậu River at Châu Đốc station from 3.5 – 4.0m). (VNS, 12 Jun 2017)
Vietnam Red Cross Headquarters has decided to provide initial support for mountainous provinces in the Northern of Vietnam, including Ha Giang, Hoa Binh, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Son La, Thai Nguyen, Dien Bien, in order to help affected families to overcome the consequences of land erosion and flash floods, as the result of the torrential and prolonged rains recently. 17 families losing their family member or having houses collapsed or swept away will receive VND 3 million each case. 28 temporary shelters have also been erected for affected communities to use before their houses are repaired or rebuilt. (Vietnam Red Cross Society, 12 Jul 2017)
In August, heavy rain triggered flash floods and landslides in four northwestern Vietnamese provinces. As of 7 August, the death toll had reached 26 people. (Reuters, 7 Aug 2017)
As of 10 August, the latest reports indicated the following casualties: 27 deaths, 14 people missing, and 231 houses washed away or collapsed. A further 425 houses were damaged and about 340 hectares of agricultural land were damaged by landslides. (ASEAN, 10 Aug 2017)
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Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health (MoH) has requested health departments in the northern mountainous provinces to carry out works related to health and safety for patients in flood-prone areas.
Owing to heavy rainfall, and the susceptibility of northern provinces to landslides and flash floods, the ministry has asked local health departments to be prepared to respond to the situation.
Viet Nam News HCM CITY – A landslide along the Tiền River in Đồng Tháp Province’s Hồng Ngự District on Sunday night caused a coffee shop and 2,400 square metres of land to sink into the river.
The erosion of the 100metre stretch of land threatens the safety of nine houses situated nearby.
Long Thạnh hamlet authorities immediately helped the nine households move their stuff to safer places.
Three of them have been properly relocated while the rest is awaiting approval from authorities in nearby communes.
HÀ NỘI – Torrential rains flooded some northern cities and provinces yesterday, affecting people’s lives and causing traffic chaos.
In Quảng Ninh Province’s Hạ Long City, rains flooded main streets and caused the death of a 12-year-old school girl. The victim was among three school girls of Lý Tự Trọng Junior Highschool who were swept away by floods on their way home. Two others were rescued.
Rains also submerged hundreds of households in mountainous district of Ba Chẽ’s Lương Mông, Minh Cầm and Đạp Thanh communes.
AN GIANG — Nearly 70ha of rice crop have been inundated by flood waters in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang’s Vĩnh Hội Đông Commune.
Although authorised agencies had warned local farmers this year’s floods might come earlier than previous years, farmers ignored and continued to grow more rice for the autumn-winter crop.
Nguyễn Văn Tùng, vice chairman of the People’s Committee of the commune, said the rice was planted in an area out of the dyke.
- This will be the AHA Centre final situation update regarding the landslide and flash flood situation in Northern Viet Nam.
- Relief and search and rescue operations in the Northern provinces of Viet Nam following landslides and flash floods are still ongoing. Affected provinces are the Son La province, the Yen Bai province, the Dien Bien province, and the Lai Chau province.
HÀ NỘI – Authorities and people nationwide are joining hands to support people in northern mountainous provinces that have been hard hit by floods in the past week.
With an aid movement underway across Việt Nam, Hà Nội is leading the way with about 4.5 billion (US$198,000) having been offered to assist flood victims in northern mountainous regions.
The Party Central Committee’s Office on Monday announced it had raised about VNĐ421 million (US$18,500) for the affected areas.
By Ly Nguyen, IFRC
Heeding flood warnings in Yen Bai province, Giang A Hu quickly moved his wife and two children to higher ground. He then returned home to rescue the family’s greatest asset, their 15 pigs. But just as he was opening the cage, a fierce flash flood swept through his village, carrying away Hu, his home and his livestock.
Ayeyarwady, Bago, Magway and Sagaing regions
CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT
More than 130,000 new disaster displacements between 2 and 21 July
Flooding has crippled four provinces, damaging water systems and farms, where rice and fruit are grown
HANOI, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Floods in northern Vietnam have killed 26 people and washed away hundreds of homes over the past week, causing damage estimated at more than 940 billion dong ($41 million), the government's disaster agency said on Monday.
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- Landslides occur in Nam-Ho Dien Bien districts of Lai Chau Province, Mu Chang Chai districts of Yen Bai Province, Muong La districts of Son La Province.
- Total damage estimated at 538.2 billion VND or approximately equivalent to 24 million USD.
- Latest reports indicated the following casualties: 9 deaths, 24 missing, 12 injured, and 196 houses washed away or collapsed. Additionally 75 houses were affected by landslides, and 125 houses unroofed.
Landslides occur in Nam-Ho Dien Bien districts of Lai Chau Province, Mu Chang Chai districts of Yen Bai Province, Muong La districts of Son La Province
Flashfloods occur in Mu Chang Chai districts of Yen Bai Province and Muong La districts of Son La Province
Intial reports indicated 6 deaths, 23 missing, 10 injured and 112 houses collapsed
- Nearly 140,000 people were affected severe floods in the five regions and three states.
- Severe flooding has affected 17 provinces. Thousand of houses and hectares of agriculture land were reportedly submerged.
- Storm “Sonca” has caused 6 deaths and damaged 1,504 houses in Quang Tri and Ha Tinh Provinces.
The Tropical Storm (TS) "Sonca" has lashed and left a trail of destruction in the Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue Provinces. According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, the storm has caused 6 deaths in Ha Tinh and Quang Tri. A total of 1,504 houses were reportedly damaged in Quang Tri (1,399) and Ha Tinh (105). The storm has also damaged 5,777 ha of paddy field and 750 ha of crops in the affected provinces.
Summary– Situation -Findings
UNOSAT Rapid Flood Assessment
Purpose of the flood rapid assessment is to give a quick overview of the magnitude and severity of the event.
Rapid Flood Assessment was conducted over the area covered by the Sentinel-1 image acquired on 25 July 2017.
Provinces analysed: Thua Thien Hue, Da Nag and Quang Nam. Only Thua Thien Hue, Da Nag provinces were in the trajectory of the cyclone SONCA-17 Rapid Flood Assessment compares 3 different situations:
CENTRAL REGION — Central provinces from Nghệ An to Thừa Thiên- Huế have banned all sea-based activities to ensure safety as storm Sonca approaches the region, with its eye headed towards Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình and Quảng Trị.
In Hà Tĩnh, local authorities have recalled 6,200 ships with 17,000 fishermen on board to dock. Fish cages along the coast were anchored nearer to the coast to protect local aquaculture.
Quảng Bình recalled 3,555 fishing boats to shore, with another 97 boats from Đà Nẵng forced to seek shelter from the storm.
Sonca-17 is a tropical storm that affected the north-central coast of Vietnam. This storm originated on 17 July 2017 in the South China Sea (northwest Pacific) at a speed of about 28 km/h. On 25 July 2017, tropical storm Sonca-17 made landfall on the Quang Tri Province, Vietnam and it is expected to move a few hours later towards the Khammouan Province, Lao PDR with a maximum sustainable wind speed of 55 km/h. The tropical storm is soon expected to dissipate on land.
- Tropical Cyclone SONCA is moving west-northwest over the South China Sea, towards central-northern Vietnam, slightly strengthening but remaining a Tropical Storm.
- Heavy rain and strong winds could affect central and northern Vietnam, Lao PDR and north-eastern Thailand on 25-27 July.
Tropical Cyclone SONCA is moving west-northwest over the South China Sea, toward central-northern Vietnam, as a Tropical Storm. It may pass south of Hainan island on 24 July morning (UTC) as a Tropical Storm.
Heavy rain may affect several areas of southern China, northern and central Vietnam.
In addition, heavy rain could still affect southern China over the next 24 hours, due to Tropical Cyclone ROKE.