Viet Nam

Emergency Flood Relief (Provision of Supplies) to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam (report #1)

News and Press Release
Originally published
Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) performance
Secretariat of the Japan
Disaster Relief Team

The following is a report on emergency relief (provision of supplies) to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam as authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 5:33 pm, November 17 (Wed), after consultations with the Ministry of Finance.

1. Emergency Situation

Record amounts of rain have fallen in the central region of Vietnam since the beginning of November, with some areas reporting over 1,300 mm falling with in a 24-hour period. As a result, rivers have flooded in all of the affected areas, and the number of dead and missing has been reported at approximately 600, many of them in the city of Da Nang. Large-scale damage to buildings, crops, etc., has also been reported.

total number affected: approx. 1 million
destroyed houses/buildings: approx. 10,000
flooded houses/buildings: approx. 470,000
affected farm areas: approx. 60,000 ha
damaged bridges: 1,470

2. Response of the Vietnamese Government

The government of Vietnam established an emergency response committee on November 2. The government has also mobilized naval and air forces to engage in rescue operations, and ordered all related government agencies to perform relief activities. On November 9 the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry made a request for emergency supplies to all diplomatic missions, international agencies and NGOs based in Hanoi.

3. Response of the International Community

(1) Netherlands $50,000
(2) Germany $270,000
(3) USA $475,000
(4) Thailand $25,400
(5) Cuba $100,000
(6) France $50,000
(7) WFP $200,000
(8) UNICEF $111,000
(9) UNDP $75,000
(10) International Red Cross $66,000

4. Response of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and JICA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs received the request from the Vietnamese government, and after consultations with the Ministry of Finance, authorized provision of the following items through JICA:

Breakdown of supplies (from the JICA warehouse in Singapore)

blankets : 7,700
plastic sheeting (rolls) : 250

Estimated cost of relief supplies: approx. \24.9 million

Transport schedule: arrangements are being made for transport to Hanoi on the earliest possible flight.

5. Additional Remarks

The implementation of this emergency relief is not simply a humanitarian effort on the part of Japan; it is also seen as an effective way of furthering the new close relationship developed between the two countries.
Vietnam's position in the international community has steadily risen in recent years. In 1998 the country became a formal member of APEC, and in December of the same year it has host to the 6th ASEAN Official Summit.
Vietnam is actively fulfilling its role as a member of APEC.

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