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Coping with climate change in the Mekong Delta

AusAID support for a multi-country Red Cross project team is helping vulnerable families in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region build resilience to climate change.

The Australian, German and Vietnam Red Cross Societies team, backed by AusAID’s Community-based Climate Change Action Grants Program, equips communities with strategies to prepare for disasters and reduce their vulnerability to changing climatic conditions.

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Viet Nam: Mekong Delta Floods Emergency appeal n° MDRVN009 final report

Period covered by this final report: 9 November 2011 to 31 October 2012;

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,107,186

Appeal coverage: 102 per cent;

Appeal history:

  • CHF 210,710 was initially allocated from the Federation‟s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 18 October 2012 to support the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) in its initial response to Mekong Delta Floods.

  • 9 November 2011, this Emergency Appeal was initially launched for CHF 1,107,186 for 12 months to assist 10,000 households (42,000 beneficiaries).

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Viet Nam: Mekong Delta Floods (MDRVN009) - preliminary final report

Period covered: 9 November 2011 to 31 October 2012
Appeal target (current): CHF 1,107,186
Appeal coverage: 102 per cent

Appeal history:

• CHF 210,710 was initially allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 18 October 2012 to support the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) in its initial response to Mekong Delta Floods.

• 9 November 2011, this Emergency Appeal was initially launched for CHF 1,107,186 for 12 months to assist 10,000 households (42,000 beneficiaries).

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Shelter repair in the Mekong Delta

by Thomas Whitworth

Save the Children is supporting the repair and strengthening of homes damaged by the 2011 floods in Dong Thap province.

This shelter programme forms part of a multi-sector, early recovery response in the Mekong Delta region of south Vietnam.

The team is working directly with households to fix and reinforce their houses. The long-term aim is to reduce their vulnerability to floods and storms. The Mekong Delta region is frequently affected by natural disasters.

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GIEWS Country Briefs: Viet Nam 31-July-2012

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • 2012 paddy rice production forecast marginally above the record level of 2011

  • High level of rice exports expected to continue in 2012

  • Domestic price of rice decreased slightly in recent months after it reached a record level in November 2011

The 2012 paddy rice production forecast to reach new record highs

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Recovering from Floods in Vietnam

by Thomas Whitworth

Late last year the Mekong Delta region in Vietnam was hit by its worst floods in ten years.

The frequency and severity of flooding in the area has increased over recent years. Many people here worry that 2012, ‘the year of the golden dragon’, will bring even more severe flooding.

What we’re doing

We’re helping children and their families who have been affected by flooding.

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Viet Nam: Mekong Delta floods Revised Emergency appeal n° MDRVN009

GLIDE n° FL-2011-000137-VNM

This revised emergency appeal seeks CHF 1,107,186 in cash, kind, or services to support the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) to assist 10,000 households (42,000 beneficiaries) for 12 months, and will be completed by the end of October 2012. A final report will be made available by 31 January 2013, three months after the end of the operation.

Appeal history:

  • 9 November 2011: This emergency appeal was launched for CHF 1,107,185 to assist 10,000 households for 12 months.

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Viet Nam: Mekong Delta floods Emergency appeal n° MDRVN009 - Operation update n° 3

Period covered by this operations update: November to May 2012.

This update represents a six-month summary of the operation. However, the interim financial report covers the period up to 30 April 2012.

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,107,186 Appeal coverage: 102%;

Appeal History:

  • Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 210,710 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF on 18 October 2011.

  • 9 November 2011: this emergency appeal was launched for CHF 1,107,185 to assist 10,000 households for 12 months.

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Vietnam MAAVN001 Annual Report 2011

This reports covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2011

Programme outcome

To strengthen the Viet Nam Red Cross society's role as the leading humanitarian organization in Viet Nam.

Programme summary

Overall, in the year 2011, Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) demonstrated its renewed capacity to deal with disaster and health programmes and operations through its growing network of trained volunteers, clear strategic and operational frameworks and ability to incorporate lessons from previous experiences.

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Viet Nam: Mekong Delta floods Emergency appeal n° MDRVN009 Operation update n°2

Period covered by this operations update: 1 January to 31 March 2012 Appeal target (current): CHF 1,107,185 Appeal coverage: 102 per cent

Summary:

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HCM City to fix 10 flood-prone areas

HCM City's authorities plan to take steps to prevent flooding in 10 of 21 sites in the city that are particularly prone to heavy flooding during the rainy season.
Nguyen Huu Tin, deputy chairman of the city People's Committee, proposed that the city Steering Centre for Anti-flooding Programme eliminate the other flood-prone sites by 2015. The 10 sites are located in districts 6, 9, 11, 12, Binh Thanh, Go Vap and Thu Duc.

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Care International helps flood victims in An Giang province

Care International in Vietnam has made many practical contributions to assisting 5,000 households affected by floods in An Giang, the provincial committee for flood and storm prevention and rescue efforts said.

A project undertaken by the organization from October 2011 to March 2012 provided flood victims in An Giang with US$308,000 in emergency aid.

It helped local people in An Phu, Chau Phu, and Tinh Bien districts restore their livelihood and repair their lavatories.

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Viet Nam + 1 other
Japan help upgrade flood-hit Mekong delta

Japan will provide Vietnam with non-refundable assistance worth 600 million JPY (7.2 million USD) to rehabilitate public infrastructure damaged by floods and storms last year in the Mekong delta. An exchange note to this effect was signed in Hanoi on Mar. 21 between Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Tanizaki Yasuaki. Addressing the signing ceremony, Minister Phat highly appreciated Japan’s assistance to Vietnam and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in particular, in overcoming consequences of natural calamities.

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Philippines + 4 others
EU humanitarian assistance to South East Asia continues long after the cameras have left

Brussels, 12 March 2012

The European Commission has allocated a further €11 million to the victims of the 2011 floods in South East Asia. This brings to €24 million the Commission's humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable among the 7.5 million people hit by the typhoons, storms and floods that affected the region towards the end of last year. People from four countries will benefit from this new funding: the Philippines, Lao, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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More aid for Dong Thap flood victims

Donations of goods and cash worth a total of 3.5 billion VND have been presented to over 4,800 poor households in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap to help them overcome the aftermath of the devastating floods in 2011. The donations were from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) and the aid agency Save The Children, then re-distributed by the Dong Thap Women’s Association. The goods, including water filters, water tanks, decontamination tablets and nutritional additives were delivered to flood victims in three districts of Tan Hong, Hong Ngu and Tam Nong.

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Cambodia + 1 other
Flood Response Helps Thousands of Survivors in Vietnam and Cambodia

Report
AmeriCares

Medical and food aid fills crucial gap for vulnerable children and adults in crisis

Throughout the fall of 2011, the worst flooding in half a century left millions of people in Southeast Asia struggling to survive amid widespread destruction and food shortages. AmeriCares immediately responded to urgent requests for aid with emergency grants to partners in Vietnam and Cambodia for the purchase and distribution of food and relief items to help thousands of survivors in dire need.

$10,000 grant provides crucial food aid to families in Vietnam

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GIEWS Country Briefs: Viet Nam 15-February-2012

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

2011 paddy rice production estimated to reach record level at 42 million tonnes

High level of rice exports expected to continue in 2012

Domestic price of rice came down sharply in last two months after reaching a record level

2011 paddy rice production estimated to reach record level at 42 million tonnes

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HCMC faces obstacles in tackling floods

Ho Chi Minh City has for years spent hundreds of billions of dong to tackle flooding, but problems like delayed site clearance and lack of capital have slowed down progress on many important projects.

Thu Duc District regularly suffers the worst flooding. Over VND253 billion (US$12 million) from the city budget have already been allocated for the district for construction of five sluice gates, to control recurring high tide.

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Cambodia + 7 others
Southeast Asia: Programme update no. 2 (MAA51001)

This report covers the period 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2011.

In brief

Programme outcome To coordinate support to host national societies as they scale up their humanitarian work in line with Strategy 2020.

Programme summary

The Southeast Asia secretariat team based in Bangkok:

  • Supports and guides country office teams in Cambodia/Lao PDR, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor-Leste, Thailand, and Viet Nam;

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Mekong Delta floods Emergency appeal n° MDRVN009 Operation update n°1

Period covered by this Operations Update: 19 October to 31 December 2011 Appeal target (current): CHF 1,107,185

Appeal coverage: 102%

Appeal history:

  • 9 November 2011: This emergency appeal was launched for CHF 1,107,185 to assist 10,000 households (42,000 beneficiaries) for 12 months.

  • Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 210,710 was allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the national society in its initial response.

Summary: