Viet Nam: Typhoon Damrey - Information Bulletin n° 1

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Vietnam Red Cross Society (VNRC), with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is currently mobilizing its response through its own resources. Based on the ongoing needs assessment, VNRC, with the support of IFRC, will determine whether external assistance is required.

The situation

Typhoon Damrey made landfall in early Saturday morning, 4 November 2017, with winds of up to 135km/h on Vietnam, and has wreaked havoc in the central and south-central coast of Việt Nam before entering Cambodia. According to the latest information from National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (NCDPC), as of today, 69 people died and 30 people missing. The typhoon has destroyed nearly 1,500 houses and around 120,000 houses are partially damaged. More than 36,000 people in the coastal Can Gio district of Ho Chi Min city were evacuated. Up to 1,300 transport and fishing boats were damaged and sunk. The storm submerged 5,296 hectares of paddy and nearly 15,000 hectares of vegetables and fruits.

The hardest hit regions include the south-central provinces of Khánh Hoa , Phú Yên, and Bi nh Định, the Central Highlands provinces of Đăk Lắk, Gia Lai, Đăk Nông and Lâm Đô ng, and the central provinces of Quảng Nam and Quảng Ngai.

All of Phú Yên Province and Khánh Hoa  Province except for Nha Trang City; and all of Bi nh Định Province other than Tam Quan District suffered from total blackouts. Parts of Đắk Lắk, Kon Tum, Đắk Nông and Quảng Ngãi provinces shared the sameNorth to South.

According to the Chief of Office of the National Search and Rescue Committee, Typhoon Damrey was the strongest storm to make landfall in Khánh Hòa Province and the south-central region in the last 20 years. The recorded danger level of Damrey was higher than that of Typhoon Doksuri which pummelled the central region in September this year.

Weather forecasts stated heavy downpours would continue to lash the region for several days, bringing risks of more flash floods and landslides. From Quảng Trị to Bi nh Định provinces, floodwater levels rose rapidly, submerging and isolating many areas as the region was warned of a historic flood. The Standing Board of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee on Sunday decided to allocate VNĐ3 billion (CHF132,000) to the hardest hit regions on 5 November. The funds will be used to provide relief aid families of the deceased, missing and injured, and those whose houses collapsed or were swept away. In which, Khánh Hoa  Province will receive VNĐ 1 billion (CHF44,000) while Phú Yên, Bi nh Định, Đắk Lắk and Quảng Ngãi provinces will receive VNĐ 500 million (CHF22,000) each, according to the media report.