A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Typhoon Doksuri tore a destructive path across Central Viet Nam on Friday, 15 September 2017, as a Category 1 typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 135 kph (wind gust up to 185 kph), flooding hundreds of thousands of homes, whipping off roofs and knocking out power in the six provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue. According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (CCNDPC), at least 14 people were killed, 112 injured and four others missing after Doksuri swept through Viet Nam during the weekend of the typhoon. This typhoon is the tenth to hit Viet Nam this year, and caused widespread rainfall of between 100-250mm in provinces from Thanh Hóa to Thừa Thiên-Huế and left 1.3 million people without power. The typhoon has caused severe damage not only to civil properties but also to community infrastructure such as schools, public buildings, and river and sea dykes among others.
On 18 September 2017, the People’s Aid Coordinating Committee (PACCOM) officially convened a meeting of the Disaster Management Working Group (DMWG) to collect information and coordinate the assessment and response efforts to avoid overlap. Two joint assessment teams (JATs), of which PDRTs from VNRC local chapters participated, were set up and deployed to the two provinces of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh from 20 to 23 of September to gather more information on early recovery phase needs.