Viet Nam

UNICEF Vietnam Humanitarian Situation Report No. 13, 15 January 2017

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520,000 # of children affected out of
2,000,000 # of people affected

600,000 # hectares of damaged crops
1,750,000 # people with lost incomes

52 (18 most affected) # provinces affected out of 64

Government-One UN Joint Emergency Response Plan 2016
US$48.5 million

UNICEF funds received:
US$4 million

Highlights

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 left 111 people dead or missing and caused economic losses of US$378 million, according to the Central Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. The UN Disaster Management Working Group, led by the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) held a meeting on 30 December to review the results of joint rapid assessments in Binh Dinh, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces. UNICEF led the joint assessment in Binh Dinh, the most severely affected province. Rapid assessment teams recommended response interventions focus on the most vulnerable groups, including children and women. The United Nations, particularly UNICEF, committed to support the Government of Viet Nam (GoV) on disaster risk reduction, preparedness and building resilience.

Communities, especially in the Mekong Delta region, are now preparing for the upcoming dry season normally in the first quarter of the year, when salinity levels in surface water are expected to rise. Thus, emergency response interventions remain relevant and will inform disaster risk preparedness at policy and sub-national levels.

Drawing on initial lessons learnt from the on-going emergency response, development of the MARD-UNICEF programme on child-centred disaster risk reduction within the framework of the GoV-UNICEF Country Programme 2017-2021 is underway, building on the MARD-UNICEF joint vision paper presented at the National Conference on Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction in December 2016.