Viet Nam

Viet Nam: Typhoon Wutip - Revised emergency appeal n° MDRVN012

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This revised emergency appeal seeks CHF 2,623,263 in cash, kind, or services to support the Viet Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC) to assist 34,000 beneficiaries (6,800 households) for ten months in nine provinces, and will be completed by the end of July 2014. A final report will be made available by 31 October 2014 (three months after the end of the operation).

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 in six provinces.

  • 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.

  • On 14 November 2013, the first operation update was issued, and on 23 October 2013 the second operation update was issued.

Summary: On the evening of 30 September 2013, Typhoon Wutip, the tenth tropical storm over the East Sea this year, made landfall over central Viet Nam as a Category 1 typhoon. With sustained winds of 117 kilometres per hour, Typhoon Wutip is regarded by experts as the strongest storm to hit Viet Nam since Typhoon Xangsane in 2006. Though the storm weakened on landfall, strong winds and heavy rains left behind significant damages and losses, including uprooted trees and broken power lines. It is estimated that more than one million people across six central provinces of Viet Nam - Thanh Hoa, Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue, have been directly and indirectly affected. Among the six affected provinces, Quang Binh and Quang Tri are the most severely affected.

Two weeks later, on the morning of 15 October, another Category 1 typhoon, Typhoon Nari, struck Quang Nam and Da Nang provinces 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. 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 suffered from the dual impacts of both storms. Between 15 and 19 October, the provinces affected by Nari experienced severe flooding.

Both storms and their subsequent rain and flooding resulted in significant devastation including damaged/collapsed homes, damaged crops and losses in aqua-culture and poultry farming, as well as badly damaged public infrastructure. The total economic loss due to Typhoon Nari is estimated to be VND 1.5 trillion (USD 71 million), over and above the VND 13.5 trillion (USD 663.23 million) economic loss earlier caused by Wutip. In total, up to 504,339 people were affected in the nine provinces by both typhoons.