Viet Nam

Viet Nam: Flood and Typhoons Emergency Appeal No. MDRVN006 Operations Update No. 5


GLIDE n° FL-2009-000207-VNM

Period covered by this Operations Update: 21 October - 13 November 2009 Appeal target (current): CHF 5,571,176 (USD 5.47 million or EUR 3.67 million)

Appeal coverage: The appeal is 58 per cent covered to date, and 69 per cent covered with pledges in the pipeline. Funds are urgently needed to enable Viet Nam Red Cross to continue providing immediate humanitarian assistance to those affected by this disaster.

Appeal history:

- The revised emergency appeal was launched 19 October 2009 for CHF 5,571,176 (USD 5.47 million or EUR 3.67 million) to assist 60,000 families (approximately 270,000 people) for 12 months.

- This emergency appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 2 October 2009 for CHF 4,939,626 (USD 4.75 million or EUR 3.25 million) to assist 50,000 families (approximately 210,000 people) for 12 months.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 314,064 (USD 324,167 or EUR 214,633) was allocated from the Federation's DREF to support the national society in initial emergency response.


The Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) continues its operations in response to the floods and typhoons with the support of the International Federation and partner national societies. However, parallel to this operation, the VNRC has been operational in the field in response to Typhoon Mirinae since 1 November. Red Cross staff have been on alert and have participated in the evacuation of people in high-risk areas, led by local government prior to the time the typhoon made landfall.

On Monday, 2 November, Typhoon Mirinae struck nine provinces in central Viet Nam. Mirinae is the 11th typhoon to strike Viet Nam this year, ravaging the provinces of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Dac Lac, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Kon Tum and Gia Lai. Of these, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen are the most affected. Government estimates of losses caused by Mirinae stands at VND 5 thousand billion (CHF 281.6 million or USD 278 million). Most of the provinces affected by this recent typhoon were already struck by Typhoon Ketsana more than a month ago, posing a setback in gains already made in relief and recovery.

On 5 November, VNRC distributed cash and household kits to those affected by Mirinae in Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Binh Dinh. This was followed by the deployment of three joint needs assessment teams comprising members of different international organizations deployed from Hanoi on 7 November to Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Binh Dinh to gauge needs and damage caused by Mirinae. More detailed information on these assessments will be provided when these teams report back to national headquarters, and clarify the steps to be taken in discussion with the disaster management working group (DMWG). VNRC and French Red Cross are also assessing needs in Binh Dinh and Phu Yen provinces in coordination with the joint needs assessment teams.

The floods and typhoon operation continues in the wake of Mirinae with close coordination among VNRC, International Federation and partner national societies. The main role of the Federation continues in coordination spearheaded by the operations manager.

The distribution of 10,000 household kits has been made in ten provinces, while a further 6,600 will be made in those affected by Mirinae. Details on these distributions are forthcoming. The latter will commence in January 2010. Following discussions with VNRC, the distribution of rice which was scheduled to take place in December has been re-scheduled to mid-January. Other distribution of rice has been made by French Red Cross, together with household kits and tarpaulin sheets in the Gia Lai and Kon Tum provinces. Spanish Red Cross is also in the process of procuring rice for distribution next month. The Federation logistics/procurement delegate is assisting several of the partners in procurement of these items.

In support of livelihood rehabilitation and support under this appeal, American Red Cross is in the process of arranging the distribution of cash. Also in support of livelihood recovery, German Red Cross and Netherlands Red Cross are working on drafting a proposal to ECHO for funding.

On 10 November, training for VNRC chapter representatives on the guidelines for the selection of beneficiaries and in food distribution was carried out in Da Nang. The International Federation is also working with VNRC headquarters in preparing more in-depth customized training materials for practical training in ten provinces. These training modules target VNRC staff at district and commune level who will be supported by field and project officers recruited by the International Federation.

While operational focus continues on relief, longer-term programmes such as shelter, and water and sanitation will begin soon. Support from the Federation Asia Pacific zone office in Kuala Lumpur will be provided during the initial stages with the longer-term view that these programmes will be led by Federation national staff incountry.

To date, support to this appeal has been received from American Red Cross, Australian Red Cross/Australian government, British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government, Finnish Red Cross, Hong Kong branch of Red Cross Society of China, Japanese Red Cross, Republic of Korea Red Cross, Monaco Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross/Netherlands government, New Zealand Red Cross/New Zealand government, Norwegian Red Cross/Norwegian government, Swedish Red Cross/Swedish government, and United Arab Emirates Red Crescent. Contributions to this appeal have also been received from the Italian government and USAID. Bilateral contributions have been received from: American Red Cross, French Red Cross, German Red Cross, Singapore Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross and Swiss Red Cross.

On behalf of Viet Nam Red Cross, the International Federation would like to thank all partners and donors for their quick and generous response to this appeal.