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19 Oct 2017 description

**Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region **

Northern Hemisphere

Cambodia

As of 5 September 2017, a total of 2,102 suspected dengue cases were reported in 2017. The total number of reported dengue cases including dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome was lower than the 3 year-threshold of the same period from 2014-2016 (Figure 1).

China (No updates)

18 Oct 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

Viet Nam NewsSocietyFloods wreak havoc on Hà Nội suburbs Update: October, 17/2017 - 10:01 |
HÀ NỘI — The roads to Nam Hài Village in Hà Nội’s suburban district of Chương Mỹ are so flooded that the village has been receiving safe water via canoes sent daily by the district’s High Command. At the edge of the village in Nam Phương Tiến Commune, the water line reaches towards some roofs and treetops.

18 Oct 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NÔI — The Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health warned yesterday that flooding and rains in central and northern provinces could trigger disease outbreaks.

According to the department, the heavy rains and floods that hit the country last week arrived at the peak time season for diseases such as dengue fever, malaria, typhoid and the flu.

Garbage and waste overflow, borne along by floodwaters, cause pollution and diseases.

17 Oct 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Trần Hồng Hà on Monday led a team of government officials to meet local officials in areas affected by heavy rains and floods, in order to support recovery efforts.

Thanh Hóa is one of three localities hardest hit by the recent heavy rains and floods, triggered by the tropical low-pressure system last week.

17 Oct 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI - The casualty toll in the devastated flood in Việt Nam’s northern and central regions has increased to 73, whilst another 30 remain missing.

The National Search and Rescue Committee and the Ministry of National Defence’s Department of Rescue on Sunday released the latest joint updates on the disaster that struck and left eight provinces in misery five days ago.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

16 Oct 2017 description

The situation

Tropical Depression 23W developed in the Vietnam Eastern Sea (South China Sea). On 8 October, the level of danger was raised to orange, with high winds up to 40 mph. The storm brought heavy rain which caused land erosion and flooding to parts of central and northern Viet Nam since 9 October.

16 Oct 2017 description

Last week's floods were the worst in years, with thousands of homes submerged

HANOI, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Vietnam braced for typhoon Khanun on Monday after destructive floods battered the country's north and centre last week, killing 72 people, the disaster prevention agency said.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

16 Oct 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – In the context of increasing instances of extreme weather, Viet Nam has to significantly improve its forecasting capabilities, Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng said yesterday.

Speaking at a conference held in Hà Nội to mark the the International Day for Disaster Reduction, he specified that meteorologists in the country were not able to provide disaster warnings early enough, especially for specific areas.

16 Oct 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — At least 54 people died, 31 others were injured and 39 are missing due to heavy rains and floods triggered by a tropical depression hitting northern and central localities in recent days, according to National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention.

Hòa Bình, Thanh Hóa and Nghệ An provinces suffered the most with 17, 14 and nine deaths respectively.

The devastating rains also flooded more than 30,000 homes nationwide, with 189 collapsing.

13 Oct 2017 description
report CARE

By Sam Bolitho

CARE’s emergency teams in Vietnam are preparing to respond to deadly flooding in the country’s north, which has so far left dozens dead and thousands homeless.

CARE Australia’s Emergency Response Manager, Stefan Knollmayer, said emergency teams were on standby ready to be deployed to affected areas.

“This is some of the worst flooding we’ve seen in Vietnam and the situation could still get a lot worse,” he warned.

13 Oct 2017 description

SUDDEN ONSET DISASTERS TO MAKE 14 MILLION PEOPLE HOMELESS EVERY YEAR

13 October 2017 – Research findings released today on International Day for Disaster Reduction forecast a continued rise in homelessness among people in the world’s most disaster prone countries unless significant progress is made in managing disaster risk.

13 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank

Hanoi, October 13, 2017 – Vietnam can mitigate risks to natural disasters by implementing an integrated disaster risk management strategy, said experts at an international conference in Vietnam held today to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction.

13 Oct 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

QUẢNG NAM — Thousands of residents in the ancient city of Hội An have gone days without running water in their homes due to a saline intrusion, said Nguyễn Văn Dũng, chairman of the city’s People’s Committee.

Nguyễn Viết Thành, director of the Hội An Water Supply and Drainage Factory, said that water from Vĩnh Điện River in Điện Bàn District, the main water source for the factory, was contaminated with salt. The factory lacked sufficient water to maintain its regular services.

13 Oct 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

NINH BÌNH — In the face of abnormal and serious flooding over the past few days, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc cancelled a scheduled meeting with voters in Hải Phòng City on Thursday, travelling instead to the northern province of Ninh Bình to check on local dykes.

The PM inspected the Hoàng Long River dyke, which protects Ninh Bình City and National Highway 1A from the swollen river. Water level in the Hoàng Long River in Nho Quan and Gia Viễn districts reached 5.3m, higher than the record flood level in 1985.

13 Oct 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Việt Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC) on Thursday released emergency aid of more than VNĐ950 million (US$42,000) to help flood affected households in northern Yên Bái, Sơn La, Hòa Bình and central Thanh Hoá and Nghệ An provinces.

Primary aid, including cash and 106 boxes of essential goods for families and 10 boxes of Aquatab water treatment tablets, have been provided by VNRC employees for families most affected by floods in the five provinces.

13 Oct 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

HÒA BÌNH — At least 18 people were buried early on Thursday morning after a landslide hit the northern mountainous Hòa Bình Province’s Phú Cường Commune.

The landslide occurred when the victims were sleeping.

The local rescue team found nine bodies, and is working hard to locate more victims but the rescue activities are proving difficult due to soil and rocks, triggered by the landslide and heavy rains, at the scene.

13 Oct 2017 description

HANOI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday.

Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline. A typhoon wrecked havoc across central provinces just last month.

The floods that hit Vietnam this week starting on Monday are the worst in years, state-run Vietnam Television quoted agriculture minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong as saying.