Viet Nam

Heavy rains and renewed flooding claim more lives and destroy 402,000 homes in Viet Nam

Just one month after Vietnam's worst flooding of the century, the central provinces are under water again. More than 1 million homes have been destroyed since October.
Heavy rains last week caused flash floods in mountainous areas and rivers in the Quang Ngai and Khanh Hoa provinces reached their highest recorded levels in 40 years. In parts of Quang Ngai and Quang Nam provinces, rainfall averaged 2000 millimeters between 1 and 6 December.

Almost 600 people were killed during the November floods. Another 120 people have died as a result of this month's flooding. In the latest washaways, more than 402,000 houses were destroyed and almost 15,900 people were forced to evacuate. In October and November, 650,000 houses were destroyed.

Floodwaters and landslides have caused severe damage to roads, dykes and infrastructure. The United Nations Disaster Management Team in Hanoi is coordinating relief activities by the UN System.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has allocated US$200,000 for logistical support, aid coordination and communications. This has enabled the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to transport 50,000 household boxes containing blankets, mosquito nets, kitchen sets and soap to the central provinces. UNDP funds are also facilitating the transportation of 760 metric tonnes of rice for 42,000 of the most vulnerable disaster victims. UNDP is also supporting communications, the assessment of community needs and the monitoring of relief distribution.