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12 Dec 2008 description

Press Release No: G/64/2008

UN's regional arm and Japan's space agency sign collaboration agreement

Bangkok (UN/ESCAP Information Services) - The use of space-based information and services to help reduce the risk of disasters in the Asia-Pacific region received a boost today with a collaboration agreement between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

At a ceremony held during the 15th meeting of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-15), on 12 December 2008, in …

28 Nov 2008 description

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday sent an urgent message to relevant ministries to take steps to overcome the aftermaths of recent flooding and prepare for a new downpour expected to hit the central and Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) provinces.

A new tropical low expected to form in the East Sea during the next few days could hit the central coast between Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan Provinces, warns the Central Hydro-meteorology Forecasting Centre.

The low is likely to generate winds of up to force 9 on the Beaufort scale, about 120km/h, and deliver heavy rain from Thua …

28 Nov 2008 description

Vietnam, Nov 28, 2008 - Across Vietnam, incidences of dengue fever have been increasing since the beginning of 2008, with an estimated 78,000 people contracting the mosquito-borne disease, the Xinhua news agency reported the local newspaper Liberty Sai Gon as saying on Tuesday (November 25). It reported that the country has seen 79 deaths from 78,512 dengue fever cases, which is 13 cases higher then the number of cases during the same period last year, according to the ministry's statistics, Xinhua stated.

28 Nov 2008 description

Hanoi_(dpa) _ A week of heavy rains and floods have left 20 people dead and thousands in central Vietnam without food and water, Vietnam's main disaster agency reported Friday.

"Heavy rains have lessened but the water levels in the rivers remain high," said Dam Vinh Loi, Deputy Head of the Committee for Flood and Storm Control in Binh Dinh province. "We are trying our best to prevent some dikes from breaking."

Loi said about 20,000 people are in need of emergency assistance.

24 Nov 2008 description

Tropical storm Noul and subsequent torrential rains have killed 15 people and left two others missing and eight injured in central provinces, said Vietnam's official weather agency Saturday.

The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control said the rains sank 115 boats, pulled down 47 houses and damaged or blew off the roofs of 226 other houses.

Phu Yen Province registered the most fatalities in the country with seven people killed, followed by Khanh Hoa Province with three killed, Binh Dinh Province with two and Lam Dong, Ninh Thuan and Quang Nam provinces each with …

21 Nov 2008 description

Tropical storm Noul is still influencing the weather in central Viet Nam and has left nine people dead, nine injured and one missing after flooding hit central provinces.

20 Nov 2008 description

The distribution center of the HCM City Union of Trading Co-operatives (Saigon Co.op) prepared an amount of goods worth billions of dong to supply for storm-hit people in HCM City and provinces.

Earlier on November 17, Saigon Co.op sent mobile vehicles to sell necessary goods such as instant noodles, sugar and milk, for people in HCM City's outlying district of Can Gio.

On the same day, the union donated 10,000 packs of instant noodle and gifts for the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in HCM City to present people in Can Gio's Thanh An Islet who were moved to Can Thanh Town …

20 Nov 2008 description
report Oxfam

Executive Summary

Viet Nam is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. The government's impressive achievements in pulling millions of people out of poverty are seriously jeopardised by the likely increase in extreme weather events such as severe rainfall and drought, and by slow climate changes like sea level rises and warming temperatures.

20 Nov 2008 description

HANOI, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Heavy rains from a storm in central Vietnam have killed nine people, including three children, bringing the toll since late last week to 21, although the flood levels have peaked, the government said on Thursday.

Disaster reports from six central provinces hit by the storm that landed on Monday said more than 5,000 hectares of rice paddy had been destroyed, a relatively small area, but the country's coffee crop was safe.

Several hundred families in Binh Dinh province were forced to flee their homes because of floods while landslides from heavy rains had …

20 Nov 2008 description
report Oxfam

Rising sea-levels, more intense typhoons, higher temperatures and increased flooding and drought threaten to drag millions of Vietnamese people back into poverty, an Oxfam report reveals today.

In the report, Viet Nam: Climate Change, Adaptation and Poor People, Oxfam shows how Viet Nam has led the way to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 but how the country, identified as among the ten most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, is set to see this success reversed unless urgent …

19 Nov 2008 description

The Prime Minister decided on Nov. 17 to provide 85 billion VND (5 million USD) and 3,700 tonnes of rice from national reserves for storm and flood-hit central provinces.

19 Nov 2008 description

HCM City has mobilised 200 specialised trucks to evacuate more than 200,000 families from dangerous areas. In neighbouring provinces, boats are banned from going to sea while children aren't going to school.

This morning an urgent meeting was organised in HCM City to discuss measures to counter storm Noul, which is forecast to hit southern provinces tonight.

19 Nov 2008 description

Executive summary

The overall purpose of this 2009-2010 Plan is to coordinate and support International Federation efforts at country and regional level to assist host national societies to scale up their work in line with the Global Agenda. The Southeast Asia regional team based in Bangkok will continue to evolve its role as a part of the new secretariat zonal structure and operating model. This model has been designed in order to create a more unified approach to Federation support to national societies across the whole of Asia Pacific.

19 Nov 2008 description

Executive summary

This 2009-10 support plan inherits the approaches from the planning for 2008-2009 but scales down some activities so that they are more aligned with the pace of development of the organizational and personnel capacity of Vietnam Red Cross (VNRC) to implement this programme along with other initiatives of in-country partners as well as other national society priorities.

18 Nov 2008 description

VGP - To brace for a tropical storm called Noul, Vi?t Nam's Central Committee for Storm and Flood Control (CCSFC) and National Committee for Search and Rescue (NCSR) urged the southern Central, eastern Southern and Central Highlands provinces to take prompt measures to cope with torrential rains, floods and landslide.

Noul hit the provinces in the southern Central Vi?t Nam yesterday afternoon.

Its eye swept through the southern part of Khánh Hòa Province and Ninh Thu?n Province.

The storm brought about strong winds speeding at scales 5-6, gusting at scale 8-9, and heavy rains …

18 Nov 2008 description

Hanoi_(dpa) _ Heavy rains and winds from Tropical Storm Noul unexpectedly changed course and spared Vietnam's most populated city but left four people dead, disaster officials said Tuesday.

Noul had been forecast to hit Ho Chi Minh City on Monday night. City officials breathed a collective sigh of relief when the storm weakened and changed direction.

The storm moved northward, dumping rain on six provinces in the south-central region.

18 Nov 2008 description

By Ho Binh Minh

HANOI, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Vietnam's government issued flash flood and landslide warnings on Tuesday as heavy rains followed tropical storm Noul, which weakened overnight and caused no damage to coffee production.

Two people were killed as the storm made landfall near the beach resort of Nha Trang late on Monday, swamping 107 small fishing boats near the shore, the government said.

Heavy rains from Noul, the 10th storm tracked by the Southeast Asian country this year, raised river water levels in two provinces where flooding caused by torrential rains killed at …

09 Nov 2008 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected water over the flood-affected provinces of Hanoi, Red River Delta Region, Vietnam. Probable flood waters were detected with DMC multispectral data acquired on 9 November 2008 at a spatial resolution of 32m. Pre-flood DMC multispectral data from 24 November 2005 was also used in this analysis. This flood assessment is a preliminary analysis & has not yet been validated in the field.