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Viet Nam: Typhoon Wutip - Revised emergency appeal n° MDRVN012 (24 March 2014)

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This revised emergency appeal seeks CHF 1,036,744 in cash, kind, or services to support the Viet Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC) to assist 37,850 beneficiaries (7,570 households) for twelve months in nine provinces affected by typhoons Wutip and Nari, and will be completed by the end of September 2014. A final report will be made available by 31 December 2014 (three months after the end of the operation).

Appeal History:

  • 26 November 2013: a revised emergency appeal was issued for CHF 2,623,263 to assist 34,000 beneficiaries (6,800 households) for ten months in nine provinces, including the six provinces in the preliminary emergency appeal and three additional provinces affected by Typhoon Nari.

  • 7 October 2013: an emergency appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis for CHF 2,114,739 to assist 37,500 beneficiaries (7,500 households) for ten months in six provinces affected by Typhoon Wutip.

  • 1 October 2013: 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: The occurrence of Typhoons Wutip and Nari within the first two weeks of October resulted in 31 deaths, five people missing and 330 others injured. A total of 215,838 people were evacuated as a result of both typhoons.

VNRC worked with IFRC and partner National Societies (PNS) in order to provide relief supplies and unconditional cash grants in the affected provinces. VNRC also worked with government agencies and international NGOs before, during and after the storms to coordinate preparedness activities, gauge the extent of damage and coordinate response and recovery activities.

A week after typhoon Wutip landed, IFRC launched a preliminary emergency appeal to assist those affected in the six provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue. However, after typhoon Nari hit the same provinces and a few others, IFRC and VNRC decided to revise the appeal to cover an additional three provinces of Quang Nam, Da Nang and Quang Ngai. The revised emergency appeal sought to provide appropriate and timely support to VNRC’s one-operation plan to assist 8,570 households in the following areas: food and non-food relief; water and sanitation; shelter; livelihoods; preparedness for response; national society capacity development, and disaster risk reduction. By the end of 2013, three months after the impact of the typhoon, VNRC and its partners successfully achieved the planned response activities to more than 11,000 households – more than planned.

In preparing for the recovery phase of the operation, a joint recovery assessment team (JRAT) was established in December 2013 to assess the needs in shelter, livelihoods and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the five most affected provinces in order to determine the required interventions to support the affected population recover from the storm events. The JRAT found the resilience of the affected population higher than initially assessed, with the majority of affected households, managing to initiate recovery actions to re-establish their lives. While the available resources of households and that of the Government of Viet Nam are addressing the majority of recovery needs, the JRAT identified the need to provide targeted livelihood assistance for poor and near-poor households in the most affected provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Ngai, Quang Nam and Quang Tri.

Drawing from the recommendations of the JRAT as well as the confirmed revision of VNRC’s one operational plan, the emergency appeal is revised downwards to CHF 1,021,936. This takes into account the reduced need for recovery support initially identified as 2,500 households in the areas of shelter and livelihoods to 920 households with targeted livelihood assistance, of which 770 will be supported through this appeal and the 150 supported bilaterally by the Spanish Red Cross. At the same time the implementation period of the emergency appeal is extended by two months to a total of 12 months, to ensure that the capacity building activities are synchronized with VNRC internal procedures and organizational changes.

On behalf of VNRC, IFRC would like to thank American Red Cross, Australian Red Cross, British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government, Hong Kong Branch of the Red Cross Society of China,
Japanese Red Cross Society, Red Cross of Monaco, Netherlands Red Cross/Netherlands government,
Norwegian Red Cross, Republic of Korea National Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross, Swiss Red Cross/Swiss government and the World Health Organization Voluntary Emergency Relief Fund (WHO/VERF) for their generous contributions to the appeal.