Viet Nam: Flash Floods - Information Bulletin No. 1

The situation

Tropical Depression 23W developed in the Vietnam Eastern Sea (South China Sea). On 8 October, the level of danger was raised to orange, with high winds up to 40 mph. The storm brought heavy rain which caused land erosion and flooding to parts of central and northern Viet Nam since 9 October.

As of 14 October, the water levels in some rivers are at record high. Continuous rain has resulted in an increasing level of damage and loss in some Northern Central and Northern provinces. The death toll from landslides and heavy rain has climbed to 68 as of 15 October.

The Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said in a statement on Sunday that 32 people were injured while 34 others are still missing. The torrential rains and landslides also damaged infrastructure and killed more than 230,000 livestock in the central and northern regions. Disaster officials in the hardest-hit province of Hoa Binh in the north said that 300 soldiers, police and military personnel were still searching for eight people missing from a landslide.

Tropical Storm Khanun is weakening as it moves toward the Tonkin Gulf and is expected to bring rains to northern and central Vietnam. The Vietnam Red Cross is continuing to watch the situation and preparing for the response. Additionally, some of the provinces affected are the same as those recently affected by Typhoon Doksuri where the IFRC has supported the response through DREF allocation (MDRVN015).