Viet Nam

Viet Nam strengthening disaster preparedness

News and Press Release
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The Government of Viet Nam is receiving UNDP assistance to improve disaster response and readiness, and to establish a Disaster Management Unit to help officials better plan and cope with natural disasters.

Several typhoons hit Viet Nam in 1997. Typhoon Linda, which struck in November, sank 2,000 fishing boats, damaged or destroyed more than 175,000 homes and devastated shrimp farms and rice crops. The effort has created the Disaster Management Communication System (DMU Net), which provides reliable data and voice communications between disaster-stricken areas in 17 provinces and the government in Hanoi. UNDP assistance is also helping build or reinforce 800 kilometres of sea dikes in central and Northern Viet Nam to protect villages from floods.