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12 May 2010 description

The Pacific Disaster Centre (PDC) under the Hawaii University and the University of Water Resources are jointly implementing a pilot project to strengthen early flood warning capacity in central Vietnam.

According to Dr.

06 May 2010 description

Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, 3 - 7 May 2010

MANILA, 6 May 2010 - Viet Nam's Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (IHPH) through the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a national training course on Health Emergency Response Operations (HERO) in Viet Nam. This training for trainers (TOT) was held in Ho Chi Minh City on 3-7 May 2010.

The training was organized in response to the need to strengthen the capacity of health workers to respond to public health emergencies.

05 May 2010 description

CAI LAY DISTRICT, 5 May 2010 (IRIN) - In some countries swimming is an extra-curricular activity for children, but in Vietnam it can be key to survival.

Throughout the year, an average of 10 children and adolescents drown each day, according to the Ministry of Health.

To reduce the number of deaths and injuries, the government has teamed up with NGOs to launch pilot programmes in the southern provinces, where children are taught how to swim and cope during the annual floods.

Thirteen-year old Nguyen Van Qui is a member of a club in Cai Lay District, Tien Giang Province, supported …

30 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: To coordinate and support IFRC (i.e. secretariat and partner national societies) efforts to assist host national societies in Southeast Asia to scale up their work in line with the Global Agenda.

30 Apr 2010 description

In brief

This annual report focuses on the work of the Asia Pacific zone office in 2009 to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation efforts to increase the impact of Asia Pacific national societies' humanitarian activities. 2009 has been a very busy but productive period as the zone office has responded to multiple disasters simultaneously, while carrying forward several new initiatives designed to increase the impact of its work with Asia Pacific national societies.

21 Apr 2010 description

(21/04/2010 01:13:56)

The JICA project in Hue, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai started succesfully and has entered its second year. It carried out activities on capacity development, integrated flood management plans and community disaster management.

Last year, Central Vietnam was hit by Typhoon Ketsana and heavily damaged. Central Vietnam is vulnerable for floods and has been frequently damaged by natural hazards.

08 Apr 2010 description

FAO published a final evaluation report on the emergency supply of rice seeds to flood victims in the northern mountainous provinces of Phu Tho, Yen Bai and Lao Cai.

Project background:

In response to the severe flood situation in northern provinces, the Government of Viet Nam as well as other national authorities and mass organizations, gave prompt and efficient emergency support to those in need.

05 Apr 2010 description

Preamble

We, the Heads of the Governments of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, the Kingdom of Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, meet in Hua Hin, Thailand for the First Summit of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) on the occasion of its 15th Anniversary.

We recall the signing on 5 April 1995 of the Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin (herein referred to as the Mekong Agreement) and the establishment of the MRC by the representatives of the Lower Mekong Basin Governments, and reaffirm our …

03 Apr 2010 description

Hau Hin, Thailand

Efforts to create an integrated water resource development strategy across the Mekong river basin received a new boost today as the Finnish Government committed to a grant of Euros 1 million to support the MRC Water Management Trust Fund.

The Fund provides a rapid and flexible support mechanism for MRC policy and strategy development and implementation as well as responding to unforeseen short-term needs of Member Countries. In particular, the funding will support MRC Member Counties, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, to formulate a new 5-year Strategy …

03 Apr 2010 description

Hau Hin, Thailand

BACKGROUND

The First Summit of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) takes place in Hua Hin, Thailand, on 5 April 2010 to gather regional Prime Ministers, political leaders, MRCs Dialogue Partners, the People's Republic of China and the Union of Myanmar, its Development Partners and a range of experts in the field of transboundary water resources management. This event marks the 15th Anniversary of the Mekong River Commission and will serve to reaffirm at the highest level, political commitment of Member Countries to the mission of the MRC.

To "set the …

03 Apr 2010 description

Hau Hin, Thailand

The Danish Government has pledged today to provide nearly US$ 1 million (DKK 4.8 million) to help Mekong countries counter the effects of climate change.

The funding will go towards helping Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam; the four Member Countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), to work together to mitigate the effects of changes in weather patterns that scientists say are expected over the coming decades in the Mekong River Basin.

02 Apr 2010 description

Hau Hin, Thailand

A report released by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) reveals good news for the general health of the Mekong Basin, but warns that this and the eco-systems of the river system could be threatened by proposed infrastructure and expanding populations.

31 Mar 2010 description
report World Bank

Executive Summary

1. In the context of the National Strategy for Natural Disaster Prevention, Response and Mitigation approved by the Government of Vietnam, in 2009 the Ministry of Finance requested the World Bank to conduct a study on the financial protection of the state against natural disasters. This study aims to build institutional capacity on catastrophe risk financing and to identify financial options which are affordable and effective to the Government of Vietnam, including both sovereign risk financing and private insurance instruments.

26 Mar 2010 description

The rainy and stormy season in 2010 is forecasted to develop in a very complicated manner. Big storms, flooding, flash floods and landslides may occur in the northern and central mountainous areas, speculated a senior weather forecaster.

Bui Minh Tang, Director of the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, revealed that 6-7 storms and tropical depressions will hit Vietnam this year, the same as in 2009.

Yet natural rhythms have been unusual, Tang observed, with an early tropical depression that moved from Binh Thuan to Soc Trang in January.

16 Mar 2010 description

In the first quarter this year, a fund established to help central provinces minimise the negative impact of natural disasters, has received donations and pledges of support reaching VND14 billion.

The chairman of the fund, Phan Dien, said on March 14 that it will support 14 coastal provinces, from Thanh Hoa to Binh Thuan to build 30 communal houses.

The fund will call for another pledge of support from businesses and non-governmental organisations to implement the VND20 billion-project to plant 200ha of mangrove forests to protect the existing dykes in Hau Loc district, Thanh Hoa …

25 Feb 2010 description

In order to help Vietnam respond and adapt to climate change, Japan will give Vietnam a preferential loan of 450 million USD, Denmark pledged to support with 53 million USD, and the World Bank and UNDP are also committed to help Vietnam financially.

Back from the UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Pham Khoi Nguyen, said the Prime Minister Nguy?n T?n D?ng and high-level representatives from the Government of Vietnam have secured a number of important contributions to help the country combat climate change.

Resulting from several …

08 Feb 2010 description

Yesterday, the tropical depression developed in the sea South of Vietnam on January 19 has crossed the South of Vietnam and has dissolved when reaching Cambodia. It affected the provinces with strong winds and medium to locally heavy rain. It has caused 4 casualties in Binh Thuan and Vung Tau provinces.

On January 20, 2010, at around 10-11am, a tropical depression made landfall in the provinces Binh Thuan to Soc Trang.

07 Jan 2010 description

Eight months after the Central Natural Disaster Relief Fund was launched, Sai Gon Giai Phong spoke with fund Chairman and Politburo member Phan Dien about how the fund is working.

Established on September 24, 2008, the project officially came into effect in April 2009 with organizers calling on donations for the central region to prevent storms and floods and minimize damage caused by natural disasters.

The fund is a non-governmental and non-profit organization licensed by the Ministry of Home Affairs with five initial members including Phan Van Qui, chairman of Thai Binh Duong …

05 Jan 2010 description

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VIETNAM: TYPHOON AND FLOOD RELIEF

Typhoon Ketsana destroyed, damaged or flooded more than 396,000 homes across the Central and Central Highland areas of Vietnam in late September.