Viet Nam: Typhoon Damrey & Flooding in the Central and Highland Regions of Viet Nam, Situation Update No. 4 (as of 13 December 2017)

Report
from UN Country Team in Viet Nam
Published on 13 Dec 2017

This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator Viet Nam in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 22 November to 13 December 2017. The next report will be issued once new information becomes available.

Situation Overview
- Typhoon Damrey, or Storm No.12, made landfall in Viet Nam on 4 November 2017, with winds of up to 135 km/hour. The typhoon and continued heavy rainfall affected more than 4.33 million people in 15 provinces in the Central Regions of Viet Nam.
- 3,550 houses were destroyed in the Typhoon, and a further 134,000 houses were partially damaged. In Khanh Hoa province alone, 114,000 homes have been either partially or fully damaged.
- One month after the typhoon struck, food security and livelihood, shelter, water, hygiene, food and livelihood needs remain.
- The Government of Viet Nam estimates the economic loss because of the typhoon to be VND 22,680 billion (US$ 996.9 million).
- On 4 December 2017, the UN in Viet Nam launched a Flooding Response Plan, identifying financial needs of US$ 54.0 million to cover humanitarian needs. As of 13 December, the Response Plan is 30 percent funded.
- Early recovery funding needs, as estimated by the Government of Viet Nam, add up to a total of US$ 142 million.

Situation Overview

Typhoon Damrey made landfall on 4 November, causing flooding that affected 15 provinces in Central Viet Nam creating acute food security and agricultural livelihoods, water and sanitation, and shelter emergency needs. More than 4.33 million people were affected at the peak of the floods, with almost 400,000 people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance from national and international partners.

As a result of the typhoon, 123 people were killed, and over 300 people injured. Serious infrastructure damage was reported in all 15 affected provinces; more than 300,000 houses were damaged or flooded, including 3,550 homes that were completely destroyed. Following the typhoon, 50,000 households are in urgent need of food assistance, and 100,000 households have lost their livelihoods. The provinces affected by Typhoon Damrey have been affected by a series of storms since 2016, weakening household coping capacities as their productive assets have been lost. The Government of Viet Nam estimates the economic loss to be US$ 996.92 million.

Following joint assessments conducted by Government, UN agencies and INGOs, the priority needs have been identified as food security (until the next harvest in May 2018), access to clean water and sanitation facilities, the restoration of livelihoods including agriculture, aquaculture, and herding/animal farming, and repairs of destroyed/damaged houses.

At the end of November, the UN in Viet Nam estimated that approximately US$ 54 million humanitarian funding is required for food security and livelihoods, shelter activities, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities. While relief operations have begun, additional financial support will be vital to address short, medium and long-term needs to help communities recover from the storm and floods, and strengthen the resilience of affected communities.