- Rains have continued irregularly and below average. The drought and saline intrusion impact on people will last for the rest of the year.
- In Ninh Thuan, the number of children (6-59 months) detected and treated for Severe Acute Malnutrition has increased to 617 cases. 5,020 pregnant and lactating women have received Multiple Micronutrient supplements and 13,300 children (6-23 month) have received multiple micro-nutrient sachets for home food fortification.
/# of children affected out of
/# of people affected
/# hectares of crop damaged
/# people lost incomes
52 (18 most affected)
/# provinces affected out of
Government-One UN Joint Emergency Response Plan 2016* US$48.5 million
Funding gap: US$37.7 million
UNICEF funds received:
Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs
The ongoing El Niño-induced drought and saline intrusion emergency has adversely impacted the lives of people in 52 out of 64 provinces. In the most affected 18 provinces, 2 million people including 520,000 children and 1 million women, are in need of humanitarian assistance. Of the total 2 million people affected, some 500,000 live in the drought-affected South Central and Central Highlands Regions, and 1.5 million live in the Mekong Delta, where water shortages have been exacerbated by the saltwater intrusion.
With recent rainfall, the situation in the Mekong Delta has improved although impact of saline intrusion is yet to change.
Reduced water use for washing, ablution, and hand-washing, have already resulted in increased incidence of diarrhoea, dysentery, hand, foot and mouth disease, and skin diseases.
The poor access to water has also had an impact on children’s health, exacerbating the prevalence of malnutrition.