This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 4,779,037 (USD 4.07 million or EUR 3.17 million) in cash, kind, or services to support the Viet Nam Red Cross Society in assisting 293,860 beneficiaries (70,000 households) for 10 months.
Based on the situation, this Emergency Appeal responds to a request from the Viet Nam Red Cross, and focuses on providing support to take an appropriate and timely response in delivering assistance and relief to beneficiaries in the following sectors: food and nutrition; non-food items; water and sanitation; livelihoods and institutional capacity building.
This operation is expected to be implemented over 10 months, and will therefore be completed by September 2009; a Final Report will be made available by 12 December 2009.
Torrential and persistent rainfall over six days from 30 October to 4 November has caused widespread flooding in various parts of the North and the Central provinces of Vietnam. Cities and provinces badly affected by flood waters include Lang Son, Thai Nguyen, Bac Giang, Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc, Ha Noi, Hoa Binh, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Bac Ninh, Hung Yen, Hai Duong, Ha Nam, Nam Dinh and Quang Binh. According to government information, 85 have been reported dead so far.
During the six days, rainfall in the plain areas and the midlands of the Northern provinces reached between 100mm and 300mm, particularly in some areas where rainfall was more than 350mm. This includes Ha Noi (700 mm), Hoa Binh (547mm), Vinh Phuc (425mm), and Lang Son (610 mm).
The flood situation in Vietnam is acute and the urgency for disaster response continues to escalate. Those affected are struggling to cope with the situation amid the loss of family members; the destruction of homes, property, crops and livestock; and the lack of clean water supply. Many of those in the provinces of Son La, Hoa Binh, and Bac Giang who have just started to return to some degree of normal living after the Kammuri flood (August 2008) and typhoon Hagupit (September 2008) have been seriously affected by this disaster.