Viet Nam: Floods and Landslides - Aug 2016

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TC-2016-000111-VNM

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Heavy rain has continued to affect Vietnam, specially the northern areas, causing floods and landslides. National authorities reported at least seven people dead and 101 houses damaged. Heavy rains were expected to continue due to the passage of a Tropical Storm. (ECHO, 17 Aug 2016)

Tropical Storm ‘Dianmu’, which made landfall on August 19th, triggered floods and landslides in Yen Bai, Phu Tho, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La, Hoa Binh and Than Hoa provinces. As of August 22nd, more than nine people were reported to have died and 1,341 houses were inundated.(ASEAN, 25 Aug 2016)

From 03 - 09 October, floods inundated 800 houses in Bac Binh District, Binh Thuan Province, prompting evacuation and assistance from local authorities. (ASEAN, 09 Oct 2016)

Heavy rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Cyclone AERE, which 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 reported 70 000 houses damaged by floods in Quang Binh and another 25 000 in Ha Tinh, as well as extended damage to crops. (ECHO, 17 Oct 2016)

As of 18 October, the country's Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported that 34 people had died, with 131,878 houses affected by floods. (IFRC, 27 Oct 2016)

On 20 October, flooding due to tropical depressions Aere and Sarika affected more than 131,000 households and temporarily displaced about 1,800 households in central Viet Nam. While local media reported that flood waters were receding, initial damage assessments indicateed significant damage to agricultural land and livestock with impacts for the livelihoods of affected communities. Authorities initially reported the equivalent of US$67 million in damages. (OCHA, 24 Oct 2016)

On 09 November, state media reported that severe flooding in the north and south central coastal regions caused 15 deaths and more than U.S. $44 million in losses. Six people were missing and 225 houses were completely destroyed. More than 42,100 other homes collapsed, according to the reports. (RFA, 09 Nov 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 the 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)

Heavy rainfall since 13 December has caused severe flooding in Central and South-Central Vietnam and parts of the Central Highlands. 15 people are known to have died and four people are missing. Almost 112,000 houses have been damaged. Rice fields have been flooded and roads, bridges and other infrastructure destroyed. (OCHA, 19 Dec 2016)

As reported by the Government’s Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (CCNDPC) on 30 December, the total damage and loss of all five floods is as follows: 134 deaths and missing, 151 people injured; 233,271 houses flooded (of which 163,682 were above 1 meter) and 4,093 houses damaged or collapsed. (UNCT, 31 Dec 2016)

In the disaster-prone provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri, a series of floods in mid and late October depleted local disaster-response resources. The three provinces are among the most affected in terms of economic damage and sanitation. This has been exacerbated by drought and the depletion of fisheries from June 2016. Recurrent disasters within a short period have doubled the impact and vunerability of the affected communities. (IFRC, 05 Jan 2017)

The severe flooding in central coastal provinces — in particular, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Thua Thien-Hue — since mid-October 2016 has caused economic losses of US$378 million, according to the Central Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. (UNICEF, 15 Jan 2017)

The flooding that affected Binh Dinh was described by some community members and local authorities as the most severe in the province’s history. The estimated total value of losses caused by the floods in Binh Dinh alone – based on figures provided as of 29 December 2016 – was VND 2.2 billion, or approximately USD 100 million. (IFRC, 15 Jun 2017)

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