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Cambodia + 7 others
Southeast Asia: Appeal No. MAA51001, 2010 - Programme Update n°2

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

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Natural Disasters and Household Welfare: Evidence from Vietnam

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. In a second step, the repeated cross-sectional national living standard measurement surveys (2002, 2004,
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CARE and Plan unite to improve disaster preparedness, mitigation and response in Thanh Hoa and Quang Tri provinces, Vietnam.

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. The project is named the 'CARE/Plan Partnership Project on community based disaster risk management (CBDRM)' in reference to the collective action of the two agencies and the participatory approach of working with vulnerable communities to
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Thailand: PM - Govt to urgently aid disaster victims

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. The government has also planned the assistance

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China + 2 others
USAID/OFDA East Asia and Pacific Newsletter - July/August 2010

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. From August 30 to September 2, USAID/ OFDA PRA Al Dwyer traveled to Indonesia to monitor
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Viet Nam: Initiative for resident evacuation, disaster prevention

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. The flash floods and landslide take place in many localities.

The devastating and unpredictable natural

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Thailand: Mindulle leaves 13 provinces inundated

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. As a result, the affected areas have been troubled by sudden floods.

Therefore, the Ministry has initially

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Viet Nam: Tropical storm Mindulle kills at least 10, injures 64

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

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Viet Nam: 11,000 soldiers and military mobilised to help storm victims

A third storm directly landed in Military Region 4, causing heavy losses for local people. According to preliminary reports until 3pm today, August 25th, 6 people in Nghe An lost their lives, 59 others were wounded; 2 people in Quang Binh , 11 people in Thua Thien-Hue and 3 in Quang Tri were still missing with 1 person in Ha Tinh also injured during the storm.

With regard to property damage, 28,930 homes were damaged, 160 others were blown down, 43 boats were sunk, thousands of hectares of rice were flooded, thousands of electricity poles were broken

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Thailand: Flood situation in Chiang Rai remains unimproved

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. Over 2,000 households and more than 1,000 rai of farmland in the district have been ravaged by the disaster.

The officers from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation are now expediting the flood rescue operation. More help is on the way.

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Viet Nam: Tornado rips off 110 roofs in Hanoi

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

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Bangladesh + 9 others
ASIA: When hospitals become casualties

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 [], which helps countries reinforce medical centres to withstand disasters.


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Viet Nam: VND 1.2 billion for Project for Community- based Disaster Reducing Concentrating on Children

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

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Viet Nam: Aid on way to typhoon Mindulle victims

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

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Thailand: Defense Min deploys rescue efforts in regions hard hit by Mindulle

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

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Thailand: Phayao, Mae Hong Son hit by Mindulle

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. The road connecting the districts of Mae La Noi and Nong Haeng was also blocked, but was later cleared by workers

Deputy Director of the Hydro Power Plant

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Au moins neuf morts au passage d'un typhon au Vietnam

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

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Viet Nam: Situation Report No. 1 Storm #3 - Mindulle August 25, 2010 - 2pm (Viet Nam time)

I. Summary

- Early morning, 23 August - a tropical depression in the East Sea (Bien Dong) develops into a tropical storm (#3, Mindulle), affecting the Paracel Islands and rapidly moving to the Viet Nam coast

- 23 August - The Government sent urgent request to provinces to take prevention and preparedness measures and monitor all ships and boats operating in the East Sea to move to safer zones.

- 6-8pm, 24 August - Center of the storm in Nghe An and Thanh Hoa province

- 24-25 August - Rainfall in the morning causes flooding in provinces Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien Hue.