Viet Nam: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2017Ongoing
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)
In early October, landslides along Krông Nô river damaged 15 hectares of agriculture land and farm produce of 50 households in Krông Nô District, Dak Nong Province. Nineteen land erosion spots covering a length of 8.5 km in total, each measuring 5 to 30 meters wide were observed. (Viet Nam News, 6 Oct 2017)
Tropical Depression 23W developed in the Vietnam Eastern Sea (South China Sea). On 8 October, the level of danger was raised to orange, with high winds up to 40 mph. The storm brought heavy rain which caused land erosion and flooding to parts of central and northern Viet Nam since 9 October. As of 14 October, the water levels in some rivers are at record high. Continuous rain has resulted in an increasing level of damage and loss in some Northern Central and Northern provinces. The death toll from landslides and heavy rain has climbed to 68 as of 15 October.
The Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said in a statement on 15 October 2017 that 32 people were injured while 34 others are still missing. The torrential rains and landslides also damaged infrastructure and killed more than 230,000 livestock in the central and northern regions. Disaster officials in the hardest-hit province of Hoa Binh in the north said that 300 soldiers, police and military personnel were still searching for eight people missing from a landslide. (IFRC, 16 Oct 2017)
Today, October 19, upon the request of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (plastic sheets, blankets and water purifiers) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to Viet Nam in response to the damages caused by the recent torrential rainfall.
Viet Nam NewsSocietyFloods wreak havoc on Hà Nội suburbs
Update: October, 17/2017 - 10:01
HÀ NỘI — The roads to Nam Hài Village in Hà Nội’s suburban district of Chương Mỹ are so flooded that the village has been receiving safe water via canoes sent daily by the district’s High Command. At the edge of the village in Nam Phương Tiến Commune, the water line reaches towards some roofs and treetops.
HÀ NÔI — The Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health warned yesterday that flooding and rains in central and northern provinces could trigger disease outbreaks.
According to the department, the heavy rains and floods that hit the country last week arrived at the peak time season for diseases such as dengue fever, malaria, typhoid and the flu.
Garbage and waste overflow, borne along by floodwaters, cause pollution and diseases.
HÀ NỘI — Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Trần Hồng Hà on Monday led a team of government officials to meet local officials in areas affected by heavy rains and floods, in order to support recovery efforts.
Thanh Hóa is one of three localities hardest hit by the recent heavy rains and floods, triggered by the tropical low-pressure system last week.
HÀ NỘI - The casualty toll in the devastated flood in Việt Nam’s northern and central regions has increased to 73, whilst another 30 remain missing.
The National Search and Rescue Committee and the Ministry of National Defence’s Department of Rescue on Sunday released the latest joint updates on the disaster that struck and left eight provinces in misery five days ago.
Tropical Depression 23W developed in the Vietnam Eastern Sea (South China Sea). On 8 October, the level of danger was raised to orange, with high winds up to 40 mph. The storm brought heavy rain which caused land erosion and flooding to parts of central and northern Viet Nam since 9 October.
Last week's floods were the worst in years, with thousands of homes submerged
HANOI, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Vietnam braced for typhoon Khanun on Monday after destructive floods battered the country's north and centre last week, killing 72 people, the disaster prevention agency said.
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Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — At least 54 people died, 31 others were injured and 39 are missing due to heavy rains and floods triggered by a tropical depression hitting northern and central localities in recent days, according to National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention.
Hòa Bình, Thanh Hóa and Nghệ An provinces suffered the most with 17, 14 and nine deaths respectively.
The devastating rains also flooded more than 30,000 homes nationwide, with 189 collapsing.
By Sam Bolitho
CARE’s emergency teams in Vietnam are preparing to respond to deadly flooding in the country’s north, which has so far left dozens dead and thousands homeless.
CARE Australia’s Emergency Response Manager, Stefan Knollmayer, said emergency teams were on standby ready to be deployed to affected areas.
“This is some of the worst flooding we’ve seen in Vietnam and the situation could still get a lot worse,” he warned.
Hanoi, October 13, 2017 – Vietnam can mitigate risks to natural disasters by implementing an integrated disaster risk management strategy, said experts at an international conference in Vietnam held today to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction.
QUẢNG NAM — Thousands of residents in the ancient city of Hội An have gone days without running water in their homes due to a saline intrusion, said Nguyễn Văn Dũng, chairman of the city’s People’s Committee.
Nguyễn Viết Thành, director of the Hội An Water Supply and Drainage Factory, said that water from Vĩnh Điện River in Điện Bàn District, the main water source for the factory, was contaminated with salt. The factory lacked sufficient water to maintain its regular services.
NINH BÌNH — In the face of abnormal and serious flooding over the past few days, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc cancelled a scheduled meeting with voters in Hải Phòng City on Thursday, travelling instead to the northern province of Ninh Bình to check on local dykes.
The PM inspected the Hoàng Long River dyke, which protects Ninh Bình City and National Highway 1A from the swollen river. Water level in the Hoàng Long River in Nho Quan and Gia Viễn districts reached 5.3m, higher than the record flood level in 1985.
HÀ NỘI — The Việt Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC) on Thursday released emergency aid of more than VNĐ950 million (US$42,000) to help flood affected households in northern Yên Bái, Sơn La, Hòa Bình and central Thanh Hoá and Nghệ An provinces.
Primary aid, including cash and 106 boxes of essential goods for families and 10 boxes of Aquatab water treatment tablets, have been provided by VNRC employees for families most affected by floods in the five provinces.
HÒA BÌNH — At least 18 people were buried early on Thursday morning after a landslide hit the northern mountainous Hòa Bình Province’s Phú Cường Commune.
The landslide occurred when the victims were sleeping.
The local rescue team found nine bodies, and is working hard to locate more victims but the rescue activities are proving difficult due to soil and rocks, triggered by the landslide and heavy rains, at the scene.
HANOI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday.
Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline. A typhoon wrecked havoc across central provinces just last month.
The floods that hit Vietnam this week starting on Monday are the worst in years, state-run Vietnam Television quoted agriculture minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong as saying.
VGP – Amid the abnormal and serious developments of the flood situation in the past few days, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived in the northern province of Ninh Binh on October 12 to inspect and direct the response to floods and the protection of Hoang Long River dyke, a critical dyke route protecting Ninh Binh city and the arterial National Highway 1A.
On a canoe, the PM directly inspected critical points with rising water in the area of Lac Khoai Dam in Nho Quan district’s Gia Vien commune, one of the flood spillways along the Hoang Long River dyke.
After the passage of tropical depression TWENTYTHREE over northern and central Vietnam on 10-11 October, the death toll has reached at least 40 people according to local media. Local media also reported that 22 people are missing, at least 21 are injured and over 1 300 houses are damaged.
Over the next 24 hours, thunderstorms and heavy rain may continue to affect the northern and central regions of the country.
More than 17,000 households have been evacuated and more than 200 homes have collapsed
By Mai Nguyen
HANOI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Floods caused by a tropical depression in Vietnam killed 37 people, one of the highest death tolls recorded in the country from flooding, the disaster prevention agency said on Thursday.
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