Viet Nam: Typhoon Son-Tinh - DREF operation n° MDRVN011 Final Report

GLIDE n° TC-2012-000181-VNM

Summary:

CHF 20,874 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 30 October 2012 to support the Viet Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC) in implementing disaster response preparedness activities. VNRC was able to deploy its national disaster response team (NDRT) to provinces likely to be affected by Typhoon Son-Tinh when it was to make landfall in Viet Nam.

In an effort to be prepared for the potential large scale disaster, the VNRC headquarters, with the support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and partner national societies in-country, began to monitor and track the path of Typhoon Son-Tinh three days before it made landfall in Viet Nam.

In the meantime, VNRC chapters (at province level) and branches (at district level) assisted the population in preparedness activities. More than 85,000 people were evacuated by local authorities with VNRC support before the tropical storm hit.

On 28 October 2012, VNRC deployed three NDRT members to affected provinces to assist chapters and branches in preparation for Son-Tinh making landfall in Viet Nam. They worked around the clock in Ninh Binh, Thai Binh and Hai Phong, three of the six coastal provinces most likely to be affected by the typhoon, with preparedness activities. Key focal points were also established for information management as the situation evolved closer to Son Tinh’s arrival. These facilitated information for the VNRC headquarters in its decision making and potential fundraising activities both nationally and internationally. Also, information on damages and needs as well as VNRC action towards this event, was communicated in a timely manner with partners in-country and within the Movement.