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Viet Nam: Typhoon Damrey OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2005/0152
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Viet Nam - Typhoon Damrey

This situation report is based on the information received from the United Nations Resident Coordinator's office in Hanoi.


1. Typhoon Damrey, which hit Viet Nam on 26 September, affected 13 provinces from the north to the central regions. It was considered to be the most vigorous storm in the last ten years with the wind force up to 133 km ph.

2. A joint assessment undertaken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), OXFAM-Great Britain, has identified urgent needs in the areas of health, education, water supply and sanitation, food and shelter, and reconstruction of houses and schools in Thanh Hoa and Nam Dinh provinces.

3. As of 2 October, the impact of the typhoon is as follows:

Houses collapsed/swept away
Houses submerged
Area of rice submerged
Fishery dyke eroded
75,000 m3 (Thanh Hoa)
Communication poles broken
Total estimated loss
USD 219.25 million

National and International Response

4. The Government of Viet Nam welcomes assistance from the international community.

5. Currently the Government is providing affected provinces with more than 3,000 tons of rice and VND 290 billion (approximately USD 18,366) for immediate recovery and rehabilitation. Extensive relief efforts are being initiated by national and international agencies based on the appeal from Fatherland Front and the Emergency Appeal from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

6. The IFRC issued an Emergency Appeal on 5 October, seeking USD 628,813 to assist 25,000 beneficiaries with immediate and longer-term needs for the period of 12 months. The Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) released VND 120 million (USD 7,600) from its emergency funds and distributed 900 household kits to affected areas in Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa, Hai Phong, Ninh Binh and Thai Binh proinvces.

7. OCHA has released an emergency cash grant of USD 50,000 to purchase emergency health/drug kits and student kits and to support monitoring mechanisms, for the most affected Nam Dinh and Thanh Hoa provinces, through UNDP and UNICEF.

8. The UNDP/Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) has released USD 50,000 to cover local transportation cost of relief items and communication equipment to facilitate provincial-level coordination and management of relief distribution as well as information exchange between local authorities, the central government and the international community.

9. OCHA is in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Hanoi and the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific 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

MAP: Viet Nam: Typhoon Damrey - Situation map

Tel.: +41-22-917 12 34
Fax: +41-22-917 00 23

In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10

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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