Viet Nam

Emergency relief assistance for the victims of floods in Da Nang and Hue, Vietnam

Vietnam has been experiencing its worst flooding for forty years. According to the information releases by Government of Vietnam a strong storm hit Vietnam's central provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thein Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, and Binh Dinh during the end of October, 1999. By November 1, uncontrollable flooding combined with landslide inflicted severe damage on roads, dykes and infrastructure. The streets of Hue ran with water up to 3 meters high. Statistics provided by the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control (CCFSC) as of 7 November estimated that 535 people had died. Accurate figures are impossible owing to interrupted communication lines, but it is known that more than 255,299 houses have collapsed and 15,000 households have been evacuated.

Urgent Relief Needs:

Food is identified, as the most urgent relief need. Other urgent relief needs are including shelter (plastic sheeting), safe drinking water and medicines. Purified drinking water is not available, raising concern regarding the risk of water-borne diseases and possible outbreak of malaria. There is a strong possibility for the outbreaks of epidemic and communicable diseases. Utensils, mosquito nets, clothes, blankets, vessels, canvas tents, life saving drugs and other medical supplies are also urgent needs of the victims.

Most of the victims are suffering from intestinal infections, respiratory infections, diarrhea, dysentery, fever, malaria and physical injuries.

AMDA's Activites:

AMDA Headquarters dispatched various AMDA Multinational Medical Mission (AMMM) of the following members on November 9, 1999 from AMDA Headquarters in Japan as well as from AMDA-Cambodia for immediate relief assistance to the victims of Da Nang and Hue.

Sr. No. Names AMDA Chapters
1 Mr. Eiji Kawamura AMDA-Japan
2 Mr. Tadaka Okawa AMDA-Japan
3 Dr. Naoki Okada AMDA-Japan
4 Ms. Keiko Naito AMDA-Japan
5 Dr. Chun Lyhort AMDA-Cambodia
6 Dr. Vn Quang Huy Vietnam (AMDA)
7 Mr. Nguyen Hong Song Vietnam (AMDA)


The team is tasked to assess and review the situation, identify the priority needs and to coordinate relief activities. It was decided that the AMDA team would provide humanitarian assistance to the victims in form of food, water and medicines.

The team started humanitarian activities from November 11, 1999 in Hue City. After discussion with the president of committee party of Hue city and the Vice Director of Health Department of Hue city, the team decided to set up the mobile clinic to areas that was seriously damaged and located far from the city. On 13th November the team worked at Thuy Bang District Health Center and provided consultation and minor surgery to 71 patients. On 14th November, team worked at Phu Loc district Health Center and provided medical assistance to 150 patients. On 15th November, team worked at Hong Toan Commune Health Center in Huong Tra district and treated 104 patients. On November 16, team worked at Hieng Phong Commune Health Center in Hung Tra district and provided consultation and minor surgery to 120 patients. From November 17 to 21, team worked at Vinh Hienh Commune Health Center in Huong Tra District and treated around 550 patients. Team returned to Japan on November 22, 1999.

Appeal for Donations:

AMDA is prepared to serve as channel for cash contribution to be used for immediate relief assistance. Contributors from Japan are requested to deposit the fund to Postal Transfer Account named AMDA, Account No. 01250-2-40709 with reference: Vietnam. Foreign donors are requested to deposit their funds to Chugoku Bank, Head Office, Okayama with Account No. 1219 or by using International Money Order in the name of AMDA with the following address.

This situation report is prepared based on the information released by OCHA. Further information report ongoing emergencies are also available on the AMDA Internet Website at

For Further Information:

AMDA Headquarters
Emergency Relief Operation Room
310-1 Narazu, Okayama 7701-1202, Japan
Tel. +81-86-284-6758
Fax +81-86-284-8959

Persons to Contact:
Advisor of Project: Dr. Shigeru Suganami, M.D., Ph.D.
Head of the Project: Prof. Dr. Hidetoshi Matono, M.D., D.Sc., Ph.D.
In-charge of Project: Dr. Khan M. Zaman, M.Sc., Ph.D.