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27 Dec 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 July to 31 December 2010

In brief

Programme purpose: 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;

- Provides requested technical support to the above countries as well as national societies with no secretariat country presence (i.e.

03 Dec 2010 description
report World Bank

As natural disasters hit with increasing frequency, especially in coastal areas, it is imperative to better understand how much natural disasters affect economies and their people. This requires disaggregated measures of natural disasters that can be reliably linked to households, the first challenge this paper tackles. In particular, a methodology is illustrated to create natural disaster and hazard maps from first hand, geo-referenced meteorological data.

22 Sep 2010 description
report CARE, Plan

CARE International in Vietnam (CARE) and Plan in Vietnam (Plan) have received funding from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department under its Disaster Preparedness Programme (DIPECHO) to work as project partners to limit the impact of natural disasters in Thanh Hoa and Quang Tri provinces.

02 Sep 2010 description

BANGKOK, 2 September 2010 (NNT) - Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday ensured government's utmost effort to assist victims of natural disasters.

Questioned whether the Government has come up with any means to solve flooding problems following the recent hit of Mindulle storm, Mr Abhisit said further assistance had been planned by the Government as it had decided to separate means in two phrases; to allocate money from the central budget and give a thorough study on researches about the effects of flood.

31 Aug 2010 description

USAID/OFDA Responds to Volcanic Eruption in Indonesia USAID/OFDA is providing assistance to the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to augment support for individuals displaced by the Mt. Sinabung volcanic eruption. On August 29, the Mt. Sinabung volcano erupted for the first time in 400 years, emitting ash and lava more than 4,900 feet in the air and displacing individuals in the surrounding community.

30 Aug 2010 description

Relevant ministries, agencies and localities should carefully make plans for resident evacuation from landslide and flash flood prone areas to safer places in order to minimize the damages caused by storms and floods, said Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai in a recent national online conference.

Unusual calamities

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported that Vietnam usually experiences dozens of storms and tropical low pressures every year.

30 Aug 2010 description

BANGKOK, 30 August 2010 (NNT) - A total of 13 provinces in the northern and northeastern regions have been hit by flashfloods over the last six days due to heavy downpours caused by Tropical Storm Mindulle.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, torrential rains in the 13 provinces in the North and the Lower Northeast during 24-29 August were mainly influenced by Tropical Storm Mindulle in the Gulf of Tonkin.

27 Aug 2010 description

A third storm directly landed in Military Region 4, causing heavy losses for local people.

27 Aug 2010 description

Tropical Storm Mindulle claimed 10 lives, and left 64 injured and one missing after battering the countrys central northern region, the Flood and Storm Prevention and Control Steering Committee reported yesterday.

Heavy rain following the storm would continue in the northern region over the next few days which could cause flash floods and landslides in the highland areas, the weather forecasting centre said.

Six of the deaths were reported in Nghe An Province, three in Ha Tinh Province and one in Quang Binh Province.

Total property losses in Ha Tinh, Nghe An and Thanh Hoa …

27 Aug 2010 description

CHIANG RAI, 27 August 2010 (NNT) - The flood situation in the northern province of Chiang Rai remains unimproved on account of continuous rainfall in the area.

The flood situation in Phaya Mengrai district of the province reportedly remains a cause for concern because the area is still under the influence of heavy rainfall.

26 Aug 2010 description

BANGKOK, 26 August 2010 (NNT) -- The Defense Ministry is expediting rescue efforts to help the North and Northeastern provinces hard hit by flash floods.

According to Colonel Thanatip Sawangsaeng, spokesperson for the Defense Ministry, General Prawit Wongsuwan the Defense Minister has ordered 144 army personnel and 12 trucks to assist people in Prae, Lampang, Chiang Rai, and Lampoon provinces hardest hit by the floods, in the wake of tropical storm Mindulle's sweeping through the areas.

Mindulle has caused heavy damages in the North and Northeast of Thailand, flooding thousands …

26 Aug 2010 description

The Vietnam Red Cross has collected money and goods worth over VND4.3 billion (US$221,000) to support victims in the central coastal region after tropical storm Mindulle hit the region on Tuesday, killing nine people and injuring 58 others.

According to the National Hydro-Meteorology Forecast Center, the third storm of the year has weakened into a tropical depression and will continue to bring rains from Thanh Hoa to Nghe An provinces and expand to the southern region of the Northern Delta.

The provinces should stay alert, especially taking precautions against flash floods and …

26 Aug 2010 description

BANGKOK, 26 August 2010 (NNT) - Tropical storm Mindulle has battered several provinces in the North and Northeast, causing flash floods that have destroyed crops and homes.

Floods inundated Mae La Noi district, in Mae Hong Son province, damaging homes along Highway 108. In addition, the rains caused a landslide that blocked 8 sections of Highway 108 near the 160-173 kilometer markers in Khun Yuam district.

26 Aug 2010 description

Plan International Organization and Spanish Development Cooperation Agency have just co-funded an amount of VND 1.2 billion to implement the Project for Community- based Disaster Reducing Concentrating on Children in the mountainous district Son Ha of Quang Ngai province, a source said by DoFA.

The project objectives mainly center on children's capacity to deal with urgent situations caused by natural disasters and the ways to reduce them.

As revealed, the Project shall be implemented in period 2010 - 2011; 4 communes of Son Ky, Son Nham, Son Cao and Son Linh of Son Ha district …

26 Aug 2010 description
report IRIN

BANGKOK, 26 August 2010 (IRIN) - Governments and donors have responded to increasingly frequent and more deadly disasters by boosting funding for response, but investing in preparation, especially in the health sector, is inadequate, say specialists.

"Emergency preparedness is an afterthought for many hospitals," said Jonathan Abrahams, coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO) Safe Hospitals initiative [http://www.safehospitals.info/], which helps countries reinforce medical …

26 Aug 2010 description

local homes and factories in Hanoi were ripped off during a sudden tornado that ripped through Trang Viet Commune, Me Linh District.

In all, 110 roofs were swept away by by the 5-minute tornado which also injured seven. Two are in serious condition and had to be taken to the hospital.

According to Nguyen Van Kho, Chairman of Trang Viet Commune People's Committee, it suddenly turned dark at 11.20 and a strong tornado started spinnning, blowing off tiled roofs of hundreds of houses.

Many locals said that it was the strongest tornado they'd ever seen.

25 Aug 2010 description

HANOI - Au moins neuf personnes sont mortes et 12 autres ont été portées disparues au passage du typhon Mindulle dans le centre du Vietnam, a indiqué mercredi un responsable du comité national de la lutte contre les tempêtes et inondations.

Parmi les disparus figurent dix pêcheurs, a précisé le responsable, qui s'exprimait sous couvert d'anonymat.

Les victimes ont été recensées sur une bande côtière allant des provinces de Thanh Hoa à Quang Tri, a-t-il précisé, ajoutant que celle de Nghe An avait été la plus touchée.

Le responsable n'était pas encore en mesure …