Typhoon Damrey - Nov 2017
As of 5 November, Typhoon Damrey caused 29 deaths, destroyed 600 houses and damaged nearly 40,000 houses after hitting 10 provinces and the city of Danang on 4 November. National authorities have instructed all central and provincial agencies to scale up search and rescue and relief operations and to quickly restore damaged infrastructures. (OCHA, 4 Nov 2017)
According to the latest information from National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (NCDPC), as of 7 November 2017, 69 people died and 30 people missing. The typhoon has destroyed nearly 1,500 houses and around 120,000 houses are partially damaged. More than 36,000 people in the coastal Can Gio district of Ho Chi Min city were evacuated. Up to 1,300 transport and fishing boats were damaged and sunk. The storm submerged 5,296 hectares of paddy and nearly 15,000 hectares of vegetables and fruits. The hardest hit regions include the south-central provinces of Khánh Hoa, Phú Yên, and Binh Định, the Central Highlands provinces of Đăk Lắk, Gia Lai, Đăk Nông and Lâm Đông, and the central provinces of Quảng Nam and Quảng Ngai. All of Phú Yên Province and Khánh Hoa Province except for Nha Trang City; and all of Binh Định Province other than Tam Quan District suffered from total blackouts. Parts of Đắk Lắk, Kon Tum, Đắk Nông and Quảng Ngãi provinces shared the same North to South. According to the Chief of Office of the National Search and Rescue Committee, Typhoon Damrey was the strongest storm to make landfall in Khánh Hòa Province and the south-central region in the last 20 years. The recorded danger level of Damrey was higher than that of Typhoon Doksuri which pummelled the central region in September this year. (IFRC, 7 Nov 2017)
On 8 November, the Government issued a request for international humanitarian support from UN agencies, INGOs and Development Partners...As of 11 November 2017, more than 35,000 people have been evacuated, 104 people have been killed, including 28 women, and 19 more are still missing. The most affected provinces, including in the South-Central regions (Khánh Hòa, Phú Yên, Bình Ðịnh, and Quảng Ngãi) and Central regions (Thừa Thiên-Huế, Quảng Nam, and Da Nang), show high numbers of deaths and missing people, seriously damaged infrastructure, collapsed/roofless/broken houses, and destruction of 33,153 hectares of crops, including 9,163 hectares of rice, 20,783 hectares of vegetables, and 69,900 agriculture cages. (UNCT, 11 Nov 2017)
As of 14 November 2017, approximately 395,000 people are thought to require assistance across Viet Nam following disruption by Typhoon Damrey. (ASEAN, 14 Nov 2017)
The Viet Nam Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported that Typhoon Damrey has caused 104 deaths and destroyed or damaged an estimated 141,100 houses as of 14 November. Joint Government, UN and NGO teams completed damage assessments on 16 November. Damrey is estimated to have caused a total damage of around US$600 million. (OCHA, 20 Nov 2017)
On 28 November 2017, the UN approved an additional allocation of US$4.21 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide assistance to 150,000 people, including 46,973 children, in six affected provinces. The UN estimates that Typhoon Damrey affected an estimated 4.33 million people, including 400,000 who require humanitarian assistance. (UNCT, 28 Nov 2017)
On 4 December 2017, the UN in Viet Nam launched a Flooding Response Plan, identifying financial needs of US$ 54.0 million to cover humanitarian needs. As of 13 December, the Response Plan is 30 percent funded. Early recovery funding needs, as estimated by the Government of Viet Nam, add up to a total of US$ 142 million. (UNCT, 13 Dec 2017)
On 14 December, 2017, the Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (CCNDPC) is to launch the Call for supports to help affected provinces in the Central region overcome aftermaths of Damrey Typhoon and other natural disasters in 2017 and stabilize their lives. The CCNDPC has invited all international partners in the country to attend this launch. (IFRC, 19 Dec 2017)
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- Understanding Disaster Risk for Advancing Resilient Development: Knowledge Note (September 2018)
- Staying in touch: How mobile phone apps are transforming post-typhoon house reconstruction in Viet Nam
- Damrey response in central Vietnam
- Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (31 October - 6 November 2017)
- Viet Nam: Typhoon Damrey & Flooding in the Central and Highland Regions of Viet Nam, Situation Update No. 4 (as of 13 December 2017)
The Damrey typhoon in central Vietnam in late 2017 left over 4 million people in need of emergency assistance. Over 134 thousand houses were damaged, of which more than 3,500 were completely destroyed.
Occurring right before the APEC Summit, the disaster drew immediate attention from international media and leaders, resulting in quick responses from the Vietnamese and other governments to a few worst affected provinces.
Despite attracting less media attention, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam provinces were also severely affected.
Typhoon Damrey, or Storm No.12, made landfall in Vietnam on early Saturday morning, November 4th, 2017, with winds of up to 135 kilometers per hour impacting fifteen provinces in the South Central and Central Highlands regions. Among those, Khanh Hoa was the most affected province with high number of deaths and missing people, seriously damaged infrastructure, collapsed or damaged houses, and severe losses to agriculture, livestock, fisheries and forestry sectors.
LESSONS LEARNED AND BEST PRACTICES FROM CASH TRANSFER PROGRAMMING IN RESPONSE TO TYPHOON DAMREY IN VIETNAM
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
by Jenty Kirsch-Wood, UNDP Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Specialist
When typhoon Damrey ripped through south-central Viet Nam in November 2017, more than 3000 families found themselves homeless. UNDP, with support from the Government of Korea, responded rapidly with a safe-housing reconstruction project targeted towards 300 poor or near poor households that were considered particularly vulnerable.
Viet Nam News THỪA THIÊN- HUẾ — Some 73,100 residents in areas affected by typhoon Damrey late last year now have access to fresh water and sanitation.
This has been possible due to a six-month effort by local and international agencies, including UNICEF.
According to a report of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the beneficiaries include residents of 20,245 families in 30 communes of the central provinces of Thừa Thiên-Huế, Bình Định and Phú Yên.
A global fund that provides rapid humanitarian aid for overlooked crises, is marking the second anniversary of the World Humanitarian Summit by sharing the impact of its 4th year, through its new annual report released today.
The Start Fund fills a critical gap in humanitarian financing. It pools funding from donors for immediate release for underfunded small to medium scale crises, spikes in chronic humanitarian crises, and to act in anticipation of impending crises.
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam Red Cross (VNRC) Society has preserved VNĐ102 billion (US$4.53 million), including money and goods, to prepare for the 2018 natural disaster prevention season.
The goods include daily essential tools, house tools, tents, mobile toilets, Aquatabs water purification tablets, water purification tools and water tanks.
VNRC presented its disaster prevention agenda at a pre-disaster meeting and workshop on the introduction of new models of provincial disaster response teams in Hà Nội today.
QUẢNG NGÃI — The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in co-operation with the central Quảng Ngãi Province, has handed over 40 ‘safe’ houses to poor people living in flood and storm vulnerable communes in the province.
These houses, which were built and designed with the participation of local residents, aim to support local people construct structurally-sound houses that could prevent them from storm and flood damage.
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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam appreciates the humanitarian activities conducted by Vietnam Red Cross Society. The Vietnam Red Cross has been successful in humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy, which make the National Society be able to support millions of poor and disabled people to have a warm and happy new year.
Quang Nam province, 16 March 2018 – Quang Nam province, supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Republic of Korea, in partnership with the Viet Nam Red Cross Society, held a ground-breaking ceremony for the first 5 of 80 resilient houses in Quang Nam Province.
13 February 2018, Quang Ngai, Viet Nam – The Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have handed over storm-resilient houses to households in the province of Quang Ngai. Thirty-seven houses have been built so far, with more than 300 houses to be built in 2018.
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
This map illustrates the satellite-detected surface waters extent in Ho Chi Minh City area and surroundings, as observed from the Radarsat-2 SAR image acquired on 18 December 2017. In the analysed area (~3000 km2) about 5,400 ha of lands, mainly agricultural and paddy fields are likely flooded. In addition, using WorldPop data, we can estimate that ~220,000 people are living within flooded areas.
This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator Viet Nam in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 22 November to 13 December 2017. The next report will be issued once new information becomes available.
Hanoi, 13 December 2017 – In response to Typhoon Damrey, which wreaked havoc across large parts of Vietnam’s central and south-central regions in early November, the European Commission is providing 200 000 EUR (5.36 billion VND) in humanitarian aid funding to assist the most affected communities. The aid will respond to the urgent needs of more than 10 000 heavily impacted people in the provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, and Khanh Hoa.
4.33M people affected
15 provinces affected
305,000 homes destroyed/damaged
Key Figures Humanitarian Response
1.1M people targeted
9 provinces prioritized
$54M funding requested (US$)