In 2013, IFRC programme interventions to support the Viet Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC) in the areas of disaster preparedness, community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR), healthcare and organizational development reached a total of 3,083,643 people, out of which 242,884 were direct beneficiaries.
2013 was a complicated and unpredictable year of natural disasters in Viet Nam with a number of hazards in the first half of the year including flash floods, tornados and landslides, followed by 13 storms and four tropical depressions in the second half of the year, notably Typhoon Wutip and Typhoon Nari which hit the central coastal provinces in October, resulting in considerable damage to livelihoods and infrastructure.
In supporting a unified response to Typhoons Wutip and Nari, IFRC supported VNRC with the implementation of a one-programme approach to guide the provision of response and recovery assistance to those most affected by the two typhoon events. VNRC was able to take the opportunity to enhance its capacity in cash transfer programming (CTP), and assessment and monitoring, especially with the deployment of its provincial disaster response teams (PDRT) through the operation. In addressing the needs across the disaster management cycle, VNRC supported the planting of over 8,200 hectares of mangroves in the eight provinces under the Mangrove Plantation and Disaster Risk Reduction (MP/DRR) project supported by the Japanese Red Cross Society under the CBDRR programme.