Viet Nam: Typhoon Wutip - Emergency appeal n° MDRVN012 Operation update n°2

Period covered in this update: 14 October to 21 October 2013.

Appeal target (current): CHF 2,114,739 in cash, kind and services.

Appeal coverage: The appeal is currently 35 per cent covered in hard and soft pledges.

Appeal history:

· This emergency appeal was initially launched on 7 October 2013 on a preliminary basis for CHF 2,114,739 to assist 37,500 beneficiaries (7,500 households) for ten months.

· CHF 266,261 was advanced from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to initiate distribution and support the assessment.

Summary: Within two weeks of October 2013, central Viet Nam was hit by two category-1 storms, Typhoon Wutip and Nari, locally named storms Number Ten and Eleven. After Typhoon Wutip made landfall on 30 September and left behind significant damages and losses in six central provinces, Typhoon Nari struck Quang Nam and Da Nang provinces in the early morning of 15 October, with strong winds of maximum speed 194 km/h. The storm affected coastal provinces between Quang Binh and Binh Dinh and the highlands of Kon Tum province. Specifically, the provinces affected by Nari are Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam and Kon Tum. While Da Nang and Quang Nam are the provinces most severely affected by Nari, areas in Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue are suffering from the dual impacts of both storms. The total economic loss due to Nari is estimated to be VND 1.5 trillion (USD 71 million), on top of the VND 13.5 trillion (USD 663.23 million) economic loss earlier caused by Wutip.

Viet Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC) headquarters as well as Red Cross chapters in affected provinces were prepared for the arrival of Typhoon Nari. VNRC provincial disaster response teams (PDRTs), which are providing relief support for those affected by Typhoon Wutip, were immediately deployed to carry out initial assessments and relief activities in the provinces affected by Nari. Red Cross chapters in the affected provinces continue to frequently share their reports with VNRC headquarters, who have consolidated these to inform IFRC, in-country Red Cross Red Crescent partners, and inter-agency coordination mechanisms in order to coordinate the response in a timely and effective manner. Though the storm weakened as it moved westward into Lao PDR and Thailand, Nari left behind significant damage such as damaged/collapsed homes, damaged crops and losses in aquaculture and poultry farming, as well as badly damaged public infrastructure. A major concern now is regarding heavy rains in Quang Binh and Ha Tinh, which have been affected by both storms, and are now under serious risk of flooding. There are also risks of landslides in central highlands.