Viet Nam

Viet Nam Typhoon Linda Situation Report No.2

Ref: DHAGVA - 97/0543
1. The UNDP sponsored Disaster Management Unit in Viet Nam, Department of Dyke Management and Flood and Storm Control, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, provided the following update (as of 6 November 1997) on the impact of Typhoon Linda which hit Vietnam on 2 and 3 November 1997:

- 390 people reported killed, 728 injured, and 1,816 missing

- 2,403 boats sunk

- 57,148 houses destroyed and 105,982 damaged

- 1,036 schoolrooms destroyed

- 199,480 hectares of rice paddy inundated.

2. Official reports on emergency relief needs have been issued by the People's Committees of four affected provinces: Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Soc Trang and Kien Giang. According to these reports, immediate needs include the following:

- Food (rice, cooking oil, salt, cooking pots, stoves, etc.)

- Clothing for children and adults

- Medicine (antibiotics, anti-diarrhoea, disinfectants, bandages, aspirin)

- Shelter (tents, mattresses, blankets, mosquito netting, buckets, etc.)

- Sanitation items (temporary toilets, chemicals against insects/rodents).

3. The Government of Vietnam has been accepting contributions from international donors willing to provide support in meeting the immediate needs of the disaster victims.

4. The Government of Switzerland announced a contribution of SF 500,000 (about USD 360,000) for emergency relief assistance.

5. DHA is releasing an emergency cash grant of USD 50,000 for the local purchase of relief supplies. An additional cash contribution of USD 40,000 has been granted from funds provided by the Government of Norway, held in reserve by DHA, for immediate life-saving and life-sustaining support to the affected population.

6. DHA is in close contact with the UNDP Resident Representative in Hanoi to monitor the situation and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

7. DHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions to be used during the immediate relief phase, in coordination/consultation with relevant organizations of the UN system. DHA provides donors with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilization of the funds contributed.

8. Donors wishing to channel their contributions through DHA should transfer funds to DHA account No. CO.590.160.1 at Swiss Bank Corporation, Case Postale 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2, with reference: DHA - Vietnam - Typhoon Linda.

9. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform DHA Geneva, as indicated below, of relief missions/pledges/contributions and their corresponding values by item.

Telephone number: + 41-22-917 12 34
In case of emergency only: Tel. + 41-22-917 20 10
Desk Officer: Ms. S. Metzner-Strack, DHA Relief Coordination Branch,
direct Tel. + 41-22-917 21 44
Press to contact: Ms. Moulin-Acevedo, direct Tel: + 41-22-917 28 56
Telex: 414242 DHA CH
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