Viet Nam

Viet Nam: Typhoons Revised Appeal No. MDRVN001 - 23 may 2007


The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

In Brief


Appeal history:

Appeal revised on 22 December 2006 for CHF 4,210,045 (3.49 million or EUR 2.64 million) in cash, kind or services to support 99,500 beneficiaries for 12 months.

Appeal revised on 7 December 2006 for CHF 2,977,458 (USD 2.47 million or EUR 1.87 million) in cash, kind or services to support 98,000 beneficiaries for 12 months.

Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocated: for Xangsane and Durian at CHF 100,000 each. Unearmarked funds will be needed to repay DREF.

The appeal was re-launched as Viet Nam Typhoons Emergency Appeal (MDRVN001) on 7 December 2006 to incorporate Typhoon Durian.

The appeal was revised on 13 October 2006 to CHF 1.67 million (USD 1.4 million or EUR 1.05 million) for 60,400 beneficiaries to reflect operational realities.

Preliminary emergency appeal for Typhoon Xangsane launched on 5 Oct 2006 to seek CHF 1.01 million (USD 0.81 million or EUR 0.64 million) for 61,000 beneficiaries for 12 months.

Viet Nam experienced the destructive effects of typhoons Xangsane and Durian in 2006 which caused widespread damage across the south and central areas of the country. In total 22 provinces and two major cities were affected. The impact of the two typhoons stretched local and national resources causing Viet Nam Red Cross to request the Federation to facilitate international assistance to support the impressive local resource mobilization. The Viet Nam Red Cross, supported by the Federation, has responded to the two disasters effectively.

However, as a result of the limited international funds received to the current response (31.5 percent) by donors in supporting the proposed operation, a decision was made to revise the appeal. The revision takes into account the activities being undertaken by other organizations and contributions made directly to the VNRC and to ensure the most appropriate needs of the beneficiaries are being met. As such, the appeal budget has decreased from CHF 4,210,045 (USD 3.49 million or EUR 2.64 million) to CHF 1,325,938 (USD 1,078,036 OR EUR 800,534) to support 60,750 (reduced from 99,500) beneficiaries for six months until October 2007.

How we work

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

The Federation's Global Agenda The International Federation's activities are aligned with under a Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

Global Agenda Goals:

- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

- Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

- Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

- Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.

Contact information

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

Viet Nam Red Cross: Trinh Bang Hop (director of international relations and development department), email:, phone: +84.4.822.4320; Phung Van Hoan, disaster management manager, email:; phone +84.904.117.981

Federation country delegation in Viet Nam: Irja Sandberg (Federation representative), email:, phone: +84.4.942.2980 (ext. 216), fax: +84.4.942.2987; or Dang Van Tao, disaster management manager, email:, phone +84.913.361.581

Federation Southeast Asia regional delegation in Thailand: Bekele Geleta (head of regional delegation); email:; phone: +66.2.661.8201; fax: +66.2.661.9322; or Michael Annear, head of regional disaster management unit, email:; phone +66.817539598.

Federation Secretariat in Geneva (Asia Pacific department): Sabine Feuglet; email:; Phone: +41.22.730. 4349; Fax: +41.22.733.0395