Viet Nam

Viet Nam: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2005/0190
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Viet Nam - Floods

This situation report is based on the information received from the United Nations Resident Coordinator's office in Hanoi, OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok and media reports.

Situation

1. Heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in central Vietnam, killing at least 67 people and damaging 3,200 houses in the most severely hit Binh Dinh province (1,050 kilometers south of Hanoi). Rising water levels have also submerged over 3,560 houses in Long An province.

2. Flooding in the Mekong River Delta has claimed several dozens of lives although the figures are not yet officially announced. The water is reportedly starting to recede in both the Central region and Mekong River Delta.

3. Torrential rains damaged more than 12,000 hectares of crop and some sections of dikes and the North-South railway. The agriculture sector in the Mekong Delta provinces is encouraging farmers to clear their rice-fields to prepare for the cultivation of the winter-spring rice crop just after floodwaters recede.

4. The National Hydro-Meteorology Forecast Center said that flooding in rivers in the central Quang Ngai province and the upper part of the Thu Bon river in Quang Nam and Da Nang had reached their peak and were receding slowly.

5. OCHA is in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Hanoi and its ROAP in Bangkok and will revert with further information as it becomes available. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int.

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Desk Officers:

Ms. Masayo Kondo, direct Tel. +41-22-917 1997
Mr. Masaaki Nakagawa, direct Tel. +41-22-917 4034

Press contact:

(GVA) Ms. M. Moulin-Acevedo, direct Tel. +41-22-917 3160
(N.Y.) Ms. Stephanie Bunker, direct Tel. + 1-917 367 5126

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