Typhoon Sarika - Oct 2016
A weather disturbance which formed earlier this week, in the sea, east of Philippines has intensified to Typhoon Sarika (local name Karen). The national meteorological agency estimates that Sarika will make landfall in the Aurora Quezon area as an equivalent of Category 2 cyclone early Sunday, 16 October. (IFRC, 15 Oct 2016)
Typhoon Sarika made landfall in the Philippines in Aurora province, eastern Luzon...on 15 October, as a strong Typhoon...It crossed Luzon swiftly, passing through the provinces of Aurora, Nueva Vizcava, Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan, losing strength but remaining a typhoon. The National Disaster Management Agency in the morning of 17 October (UTC) reported no casualties, about 200 houses damaged, minor landslides and power cuts. Around 40 000 people were preemptively evacuated and about 25 000 of them were still in shelters as of same date. (ECHO, 17 Oct 2016)
Typhoon Sarika emerged over the South China Sea a few hours after landfall in the Philippines and moved W-NW in the general direction of Hainan province of China. (ECHO, 17 Oct 2016)
As of 03 November, the official partial estimates of damage caused by both typhoons Sarika and Haima, which hit northern Luzon on 19 October, included 248 872 tonnes of lost crops. Large numbers of people are still living in temporary shelters and relying on humanitarian support. Most of the population affected by the typhoons are critically dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods and many are vulnerable to food insecurity. (FAO, 03 Nov 2016)
As of 04 November, preliminary official estimates indicated that about 400,000 hectares of paddy, maize and high value crops (such as mango, banana, papaya, cassava and vegetables) were adversely affected by both typhoons Haima and Sarika. The overall damage to the agriculture sector was estimated to be close to USD 234 million. However, the overall impact on 2016 cereal crops is expected to be limited. (FAO, 16 Nov 2016)
On 18 October, Typhoon Sarika made landfall on China's southern island of Hainan as a Category 2 typhoon with torrential rain and winds of up to 162 km/h. Nearly 500,000 people were evacuated from coastal and low-lying areas. (OCHA, 24 Oct 2016)
As of 19 October In Hainan province, more than 500 houses collapsed and more than 2,000 were damaged, according to China's Ministry of Civil Affairs. (IDMC, 19 Oct 2016)
Severe flooding triggered by heavy rainfall in the central provinces of Viet Nam has forced thousands of families to evacuate to safer grounds and left many other residents stranded without food or safe drinking water in their homes. According to local authorities, at least 21 people have died, 18 were injured, and 8 others are still missing after the floods inundated more than 27,000 houses and damaged 770 homes in the provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Binh, which was the most impacted. Around 1,600 hectares of rice fields have been damaged and some families lost their livestock in the floods. (IFRC, 18 Oct 2016)
On 17 November, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent launched an Emergency Appeal seeking 1.4 million Swiss francs to support the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) to deliver assistance and support to 30,775 people for nine months, with a focus on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); shelter (including household non-food items); disaster risk reduction and National Society capacity building. According to the IFRC, people in affected areas have inadequate access to basic hygiene and limited access to safe water and nutritional food, potentially exposing them to health risks. (IFRC, 17 Nov 2016)
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reports that Typhoon Sarika affected a total of 70,169 families, or 300,396 people, in six regions: I, II, III, CALABARZON, V and CAR. (IFRC, 14 Dec 2016)
On 20 December, the European Commission announced the release of € 328 000 in humanitarian aid funding to channel emergency relief to communities affected by typhoons Sarika and Haima. The aid will focus on providing assistance to meet the most pressing needs of 17 000 people in some of the worst hit provinces: Aurora, Cagayan, Catanduanes, Kalinga and Nueva Vizcaya. (ECHO, 20 Dec 2016)
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BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT
From the middle of October until the end of December of 2016, very heavy rainfall caused by a combination of tropical depressions and the North-Eastern monsoon produced five consecutive periods of flooding in eighteen provinces in central Vietnam (North Central, South Central Coast, and the Central Highland regions), significantly affecting their people and economies.
Emergency Appeal no MDRVN014
EA update no 2: 15 June 2017
Timeframe covered by this update: 27 October 2016 – 31 May 2017
Operation start date: 17 Nov 2016
Operation timeframe: 9 months (November 2016 – July 2017)
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
This Revised Emergency Appeal is seeking 336,193 Swiss francs (reduced from 1,405,216 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) in delivering assistance and support to 24,050 people (reduced from 30,775 people) affected by floods in late 2016. The operation is focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); shelter; and disaster risk reduction. The main changes are the removal of recovery shelter and National Society capacity development components.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Appeal n° MDRVN014
Glide n° TC-2016-000111-VNM
30,775 people to be assisted
144,866 Swiss francs DREF allocated
1,405,215 Swiss francs current Appeal budget
Appeal ends 31 July 2017 (9 months)
Appeal launched 17 November 2016
Local authorities have been placed on full alert for typhoon Sarika, which is predicted to make landfall in areas from Quảng Ninh to Hải Phòng at around 4pm today.
The storm was located 330km southeast of Quảng Ninh-Hải Phòng provinces at 4pm yesterday, with wind speed at the eye of the storm reaching 135km per hour, according to the National Hdyrometeorological Forecast Centre.
The storm keeps moving north and north-west and is expected to weaken into a low tropical pressure in the next 36 hours.
By Ly Nguyen, IFRC
Severe flooding triggered by heavy rainfall in the central provinces of Vietnam has forced thousands of families to evacuate to safer grounds and left many other residents stranded without food or safe drinking water in their homes.
HÀ NỘI – All administrations and agencies have been placed on alert for Storm Sarika even as several central provinces reel under the impact of severe flooding damage.
Heavy rains and flooding in the central region, including the provinces of Nghệ An, Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị and Thừa Thiên-Huế, have claimed 15 lives and injured 18 others. Nine others have been reported missing, according to the latest report from the National Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Prevention and Control.
Heavy rainfall by the remnants of Tropical Cyclone AERE that affected the country on 13-14 October as well as by the NW Monsoon has caused extended flooding in central Vietnam. As of 16 October local media reported 24 people killed and nine missing, with 18 of the fatalities in Quang Binh. International media report 70 000 houses damaged by floods in Quang Binh and another 25 000 in Ha Tinh, as well as extended damage to crops.
SARIKA (KAREN) made landfall in the Aurora province, in eastern Luzon in the Philippines at around 18.00 UTC on 15 October, as a strong Typhoon with max. sust. winds of the order of 200 km/h. It crossed swiftly the island of Luzon from east to west, passing through the provinces of Aurora, Nueva Vizcava, Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan, losing some strength but remaining a Typhoon. It emerged over the South China Sea a few hours after landfall and moved W-NW in the general direction of Hainan province of China.
VGP – Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung chaired an urgent video-teleconference to prepare for Sarika, the seventh tropical storm to hit Viet Nam this year.
Earlier, the Deputy PM inspected flood emergency relief in four central provinces.
Bracing for the most powerful storm
Hoang Duc Cuong, Director of the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting was quoted as saying that typhoon Sarika may be one of the strongest typhoons to hit Viet Nam in recent years.