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UNICEF Vietnam Humanitarian Situation Report No. 7, 8 July 2016

Situation Report
Originally published


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

600,000 # hectares of crop damaged

1,750,000 # people lost incomes

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

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

Funding gap: US$37.7 million

UNICEF funds received:
US$4 million


  • As of end June, drought and saline intrusion situation has improved in most affected provinces. Water has been available due to seasonal rain fall in Mekong Delta and South Central Coast and Central Highlands. However, demand for clean and safe drinking water remains. Lack of safe drinking water and poor hygiene conditions pose high public health risks to vulnerable communities in the affected provinces.

  • Customs clearance of the first batch of 4 million Aquatabs was completed and the supply is expected to be available for distribution on 12 July 2016.

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.