Viet Nam

Viet Nam - Typhoon Frankie Situation Report No. 2, 14 September 1996

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Situation Report
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Ref: DHAGVA - 96/0353
GENERAL SITUATION

1. THE DISASTER MANAGEMENT UNIT OF THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT PROVIDED CONSOLIDATED DAMAGE AND NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR TYPHOON FRANKIE (24 JULY), TROPICAL LOW PRESSURE STORM (13 AUGUST) AND TYPHOON NIKI (22 AUGUST). FOR TYPHOON SALLY (9 SEPTEMBER) WHICH BROUGHT RAINS AND FLOODING TO THE NORTHERN PROVINCES OF THE COUNTRY, THE COMPLETE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT IS NOT YET AVAILABLE.

2. DAMAGE HAS BEEN MASSIVE, INCLUDING 395 CONFIRMED DEATHS AND OVER 45,000 HOUSES COLLAPSED. THE HARDEST HIT PROVINCES WERE THAI BINH, NAM HA AND THANH HOA. APPROXIMATELY 500,000 HA OF RICE FIELDS WERE SUBMERGED. EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO INFRASTRUCTURE WAS REPORTED, SUCH AS EARTH DIKES AND ROAD EMBANKMENTS BEING WASHED AWAY, TELEPHONE AND ELECTRICITY WIRES BEING BROKEN AND MISSING. TOTAL ESTIMATED DAMAGES AMOUNT USD 296 MILLION.

3. GOVERNMENT REPORTED THAT, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE MOST PRESSING NEEDS ARE TO REPAIR /REBUILD THE COLLAPSED HOUSES AND TO PROVIDE FOOD (APPROXIMATELY 41,000 TONS). USING STANDARD UNIT COSTS PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT, ESTIMATED ACCUMULATED HUMANITARIAN NEEDS TOTAL USD 54 MILLION.

NATIONAL RESPONSE

4. GOVERNMENT STATED THAT IT REMAINS RELUCTANT TO ISSUE AN INTERNATIONAL APPEAL FOR ASSISTANCE, BUT WOULD WELCOME ASSISTANCE FROM CONCERNED INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND BILATERAL DONORS.

5. THE DISASTER MANAGEMENT UNIT (DMU) OF THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT, WHICH IS SUPPORTED IN THE CONTEXT OF A UNDP PROJECT, IS UNDERTAKING THE TASK OF IDENTIFYING AND PRIORITIZING NEEDS, COLLECTING PROPOSALS FOR RELIEF AND REHABILITATION, DISBURSING FUNDS AND MONITORING AS WELL AS REPORTING.

INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

6. DHA DECIDED TO RELEASE USD 30,000 AS DHA EMERGENCY GRANT. THE THAI GOVERNMENT HAS INFORMED DHA THAT IT IS TO RELEASE USD 40,000 (1 MILLION BAHT) TO THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT.

7. UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR IN HANOI CONVENED A DONOR MEETING ON 11 SEPTEMBER WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOVERNMENT, BILATERAL DONORS, UN AGENCIES AND NGOS. GOVERNMENT'S CONSOLIDATED DAMAGE AND NEEDS ASSESSMENT WAS PROVIDED TO THE MEETING.

8. THE UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR IN HANOI HAS ESTABLISHED A UN FACILITY THROUGH WHICH BILATERAL DONORS WILL BE ABLE TO CHANNEL CONTRIBUTIONS FOR BOTH RELIEF AND REHABILITATION ACTIVITIES. THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY COMMITTED USD 25,000 TO THIS FACILITY.

9. THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAD ALREADY MOBILIZED USD 913,000 BASED ON ITS APPEAL OF AUGUST 1996. THE DONORS INCLUDE RED CROSS SOCIETIES OF JAPAN, SWEDEN, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, SWITZERLAND, DENMARK, GERMANY AND NETHERLANDS, THE GOVERNMENTS OF DENMARK, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, JAPAN AND FRANCE.

10. DHA IS PREPARED TO SERVE AS A CHANNEL FOR CASH CONTRIBUTIONS TO BE USED DURING THE IMMEDIATE RELIEF PHASE. FUNDS ARE SPENT IN COORDINATION WITH RELEVANT ORGANIZATIONS OF THE UN SYSTEM, AND DHA PROVIDES DONOR GOVERNMENTS WITH WRITTEN CONFIRMATION ON UTILIZATION OF FUNDS CONTRIBUTED.

11. FUNDS SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO DHA ACCOUNT NO. CO. 590.160.1 AT SWISS BANK CORPORATION, CASE POSTALE 2770, CH-1211 GENEVA 2 WITH REFERENCE: VIETNAM FLOODS, DHA GENEVA.

12. FOR COORDINATION PURPOSES, DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM DHA GENEVA, AS INDICATED BELOW, OF BILATERAL RELIEF MISSIONS/ PLEDGES/ CONTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR CORRESPONDING VALUE BY ITEM.

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