Viet Nam: Severe Local Storms and Floods - Apr 2012
Two people were killed and more than 4,500 houses damaged as hailstorms and whirlwinds struck the northern provinces of Lao Cai, Bac Kan and Tuyen Quang on 20 Apr 2012. Subsidiary crop areas were also destroyed (Government, 23 Apr 2012).
On 1 Aug 2012, freak tornadoes swept through three southern provinces, killing two people, injuring about 75 others and destroying nearly 700 homes (Government, 2 Aug 2012).
Later in August, heavy rainfall caused flash floods and landslides across the northern region (Government, 14 Aug 2012).
Since August 2012, Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department of the European Commission (ECHO) has funded more than VND 17.7 trillion for the project "Support for the rehabilitation of people affected by floods in the Mekong Delta". The project is implemented in 12 communes in three districts of An Giang province and 15 communes in four districts of Dong Thap province.
In the framework of the National Strategy for Natural disaster Prevention and Mitigation (PTGNTT) in 2020, Vietnam and the Philippines have signed a Joint Declaration and Framework Program on response to oil spills in the Gulf of Thailand as well as participation in the implementation plan on the oil spill response to help strengthen the capacity, resources management, disaster response at all levels, sectors and communities.
I was previously posted to the Mekong Delta in the summer of 2012. I was deployed there to initiate an early recovery project following severe floods and to develop the strategy for shelter and bridge construction projects.
The early recovery programme is now at the six-month stage. I returned to Vietnam in order to monitor the project and to provide input on some key technical aspects.
The progress the team has made is amazing, and I want to tell you all about the incredible work that they’ve done, thanks to your support.
“I now tell my classmates and friends that they should come to my house on rainy days because it will be safer. I love my house. I feel safe to live and study here,” said Kim Huyen, 10, reflecting on the new home she and her family moved in to in Quang Nam province, Vietnam, after years of living in makeshift homes fearing the next destructive typhoon.
It is the goal of the project "Disaster Risk Reduction" (abbreviated as DRR), funded for Phu Yen province by Norwegian Red Cross. Implementing this project in the province over the past time has helped to ensure the safety of people’s life and property in case of floods, contributing to social security assurance...
The works for the sack of people
The surging high tide burst a section of the embankment along the Ong Ngu Bridge Canal causing severe flooding in several houses in Ward 28 in Binh Thanh District of Ho Chi Minh City early Thursday.
The two meter long breached section allowed the river water to gush out and flood tens of nearby houses and damage household belongings.
Soon after the incident, local authorities rushed to repair and fortify the breach and pump water out of the residential area.
The Regional Hydro Meteorological Center in Southern Vietnam announced on Friday that rising high tide floodwaters on lower reaches of rivers in the southern regions will continue to surge rapidly and peak at their highest level from October 16-18.
In the Mekong Delta, the surging tidewaters will peak at 1.95m at Can Tho Station on the Hau River and 1.85m at My Thuan Station on the Tien River.
Flash floods and landslides are causing severe damage to many localities in central and Central Highlands provinces, and are expected to continue hitting the region following Tropical Storm Gaemi.
According to the Centre for Flood and Storm Prevention in the Central Highlands, heavy rain had left two dead, two missing and two injured.
About 600 houses were destroyed or flooded, and nearly 300ha of rice and 2370ha of farm products were submerged by flood water. More than 110 irrigation works collapsed, and nearly 20,000 cubic metres of road were damaged.
Flooding on the main streets of Ho Chi Minh City after a heavy rainfall or a high tide is far less now than it was some years ago, but it seems to have worsened in alleys and side lanes.
On October 3, heavy rain combined with high tide caused flooding on several streets in Ho Chi Minh City. Among the worst affected were side lanes and alleys linking to the main streets like D1, D2 and Phu My in Binh Thanh District and Nguyen Van Luong in District 6.
As reported by localities, after typhoon No.
The recent storm and floods in the central region have destroyed more than 550 houses, 260 hectares of rice and 2,300 hectares of subsidiary crops, resulting in total damages of around VND34 billion.
The Central and Central Highlands regional storm and flood prevention and control centre said Binh Dinh suffered from serious damage estimated at VND13.56 billion.
As of October 9, two people had been reported dead or missing, and two others had been injured due to the storm and its aftermath.
On October 8th, the Commanding Committee for Disaster Prevention, searching and rescuing of Phu Yen province informed that the flood damage caused by the impact of storm No. 7 for localities in the province was estimated at 6 billion dongs.
Flash floods, triggered by heavy downpours during the past three days, swept away two people in central Quang Nam and Central Highland Dak Lak provinces. One has been confirmed dead.
Heavy rain in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Dong Thap washed away 100 tonnes of farmed fish in Tan Hong District.
The rain, which started three days ago, also submerged 16ha of watermelons and red peppers. Elsewhere, it inundated thousands of rice paddies in the districts of Thap Muoi, Cao Lanh, and Thanh Binh.
Local authorities mobilised water pumps to drain the water away.
According to the local weather office, the rain was the heaviest seen in the district in 40 years.
Heavy downpours early yesterday morning left many streets inundated and several properties damaged in HCM City.
Experts say the situation will remain the same and could even worsen in the coming days.
At the Phu An Observation Station on the Sai Gon River, the water level is expected to reach 1.54m at 5:30am today, according to the Southern Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre.
Provincial authorities in the Mekong Delta are focussing efforts on evacuating residents from areas prone to floods and landslides.
Officials in An Giang Province said they have moved nearly 1,000 households from areas in danger of landslides to flood-proof residential clusters in Long Xuyen City, Tan Chau Town and districts of An Phu, Chau Phu and Cho Moi.
Vinh Long Province has taken 200 families in areas afftected by landslides in Binh Minh District to flood-proof clusters, before flood water reach alarming levels in the province.
Up to 400 households are being moved from their houses after a landslide blocked the swollen upper reaches of Coc Stream in Northern Lao Cai Province.
The rockfall has created a flooded reservoir, which may burst at any time in heavy rain.
Up to 200 people have been mobilised to clear the landslide and move the residents of Ta Phoi Commune, at the lower reaches of Coc Stream, out of danger.
Days of heavy rain in Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta's Kien Giang Province have inundated over 31,000ha of rice, said Kien Giang's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The department also said that 6,000ha of the newly seeded autumn-winter rice crop were in danger of being completely destroyed in An Bien, An Minh and Vinh Thuan districts.
A tropical low pressure system forming off waters of the central region is forecast to intensify into a storm, according to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center.
At 7am this morning, October 1, the tropical low pressure system was located 15.7 degrees north latitude and 113.3 degrees east longitude, 170 kilometers southeast of Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands.
Strongest winds near the center of the system measured level 6-7 and moving at 39-61 kilometers an hour.