Period covered by this operations update: 2 October 2009 to 31 March 2010
Appeal target (current): CHF 5,571,176 (USD 5.47 million or EUR 3.67 million);
Appeal coverage: This appeal is 77 per cent covered to date, and 81 per cent covered including pledges in the pipeline. Funds are still needed to enable Viet Nam Red Cross to continue providing the necessary humanitarian assistance to those affected by this disaster.
- The revised emergency appeal was launched on 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 IFRC's DREF to support the national society in its initial emergency response.
The floods and typhoons operation entered the sixth month of its one-year relief and recovery programme in March 2010. Following activities detailed in the three-month consolidated report covering October to December 2009, VNRC's intervention since the beginning of the year has been mainly in facilitating relief and making preparations for the recovery phase.
Relief distributions of both food and non-food items conducted by VNRC to assist those most affected after Typhoon Ketsana in order to meet basic needs, were completed during this six-month period of October 2009 to March 2010. As mentioned in the three-month consolidated report, VNRC's relief activities in January 2010 were mainly dedicated to completing the distribution of 2,100 tonnes of rice to 191,421 people (53,169 families) in the ten provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Tri, Dak Lak and Gia Lai, covering a total of 247 communes in 35 districts.
Parallel to the activities supported by IFRC and partner national societies, VNRC also reached beneficiaries with the distribution of relief items supported by other donors external to the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. The majority of these contributions have been in kind, such as clothes, tents, food parcels, blankets, plastic containers, cooking utensils, and household cleaning kits.
Following the end of the relief distributions in January, and throughout February and March 2010, VNRC and IFRC focused largely on planning the evaluation of the overall relief item distributions conducted by the Vietnamese Red Cross during the relief phase as well on assessing needs for the future recovery activities to be carried out from April through September 2010. In order to better prepare for recovery, shelter, and water and sanitation needs assessments were carried out in four of the most affected provinces: Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Kon Tum and Gia Lai.