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15 Dec 2018 description
  • From 9 to 12 December 2018, due to the development of the cold atmosphere to the central of Vietnam, extremely heavy rain has happened in vast areas from the provinces of Quang Tri to Quang Ngai, that caused loss and damages. 13 people died, one person is missing and nine house have collapsed. Additionally, fields have been flooded and dead cattle and poultry have been reported.

12 Dec 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health (MoH) has sent a letter to directors of health departments in some provinces and cities asking them to ensure personal and environmental hygiene and prevent diseases amid typhoons.

The letter was sent after heavy rains last Friday caused serious landslides and flooding from Quảng Bình central province to Phú Yên central province. Health experts warned the floods will lead to pollution and disease break outs.

11 Dec 2018 description

Overall, political violence decreased slightly while the number of reported demonstration remained static in the South and Southeast Asian regions last week. The key developments of the last week were ongoing fighting between both Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militants and security forces in Afghanistan, a surge in cross-border violence between Indian and Pakistan, as well as a high number of reported fatalities arising from the West Papua National Liberation Army’s actions in Indonesia.

11 Dec 2018 description
  • Heavy rain occurred between 8 and 9 December causing flooding in six provinces from Thanh Hoa to Binh Dinh in central Vietnam.
  • According to the first report from the National Authorities, some 363 households were evacuated, 3 834 houses flooded and 380 hectares of rice fields, 746 hectares of cash crops and 487 hectares of aquaculture were submerged.
  • DG ECHO is in close contact with partners on the ground as the situation evolves
11 Dec 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI –– Hà Nội authorities have proposed evacuating more than 2,200 households along the banks of the Red River in its adjusted plan on flood prevention to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

The revised plan marks a serious reduction from the roughly 19,000 households set to be moved under the original plan.

10 Dec 2018 description
  • Heavy rainfall has affected central Vietnam (North Central Coast and South Central Coast regions) over the past 48 hours, triggering floods and resulting in casualties and damage.

  • As of 10 December at 8.00 UTC, two people died in the Quang Tri Province (North Central Coast Region) and 730 houses were damaged in Vinh City (Nghe An Province, North Central Coast Region).

  • Over the next 24 hours, more heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast over the already affected regions.

10 Dec 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — Hồ Chí Minh city needs up to VNĐ73 trillion (US$3.15 billion) for flood prevention projects by 2020, according to its Department of Planning and Investment.

VNĐ16 trillion will come from the city’s budget, VNĐ588 billion from the central Government budget, VNĐ20.2 trillion ($868 million) from private sources and VNĐ36 trillion ($1.5 billion) from official development assistance (ODA).

The figures were revealed last week during a seminar to find solutions for the flood management system, which is currently at the edge of its capacity.

10 Dec 2018 description
report Viet Nam News

ĐÀ NẴNG — Heavy rains over the weekend caused serious flooding across the central region with two people reportedly dead in Quảng Trị Province after being swept away. Their bodies were found on Sunday.

Earlier on Saturday evening, strong currents from the province’s municipal Đông Hà Township entered the house of Phạm Quốc Việt and broke a big hole in the house’s back wall, sweeping Việt, his wife and his mother-in-law away.

10 Dec 2018 description

Defending human rights on the frontlines in Southeast Asia and the Pacific

07 Dec 2018 description


The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is like tango, it takes two — the ocean and the atmosphere — to complete. This year, despite widespread above-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the equatorial Pacific Ocean, the atmosphere has not yet responded. Therefore, only “ENSO-neutral” conditions have prevailed in the region so far.

Although the stage is set for the tango, ENSO may or may not materialize, or just slightly influence some parts of the region.

07 Dec 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 416 safety, security and access incidents affecting aid delivery in 18 countries in Asia between January 2017 and June 2018. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND). The focus is on countries where possible changing or emerging risks can be identified. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is neither a complete count nor representative.

06 Dec 2018 description

On November 28th in Hanoi, Vietnam Red Cross and German Red Cross held a workshop to implement the project "Minimizing the impact of heat wave on vulnerable groups in Hanoi through capacity building for Viet Nam Red Cross on FBF" for early action on the basis of forecasts.

05 Dec 2018 description

The co-led UNDP and FAO Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) Programme is a multi-year (2015-20), USD 17 million initiative funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The Programme supports 11 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to identify and integrate climate change adaptation measures into relevant national planning and budgeting processes, with a focus on the agricultural sectors.

05 Dec 2018 description
report Germanwatch

Who suffers Most from Extreme Weather Events? Weather-related Loss Events in 2017 and 1998 to 2017

The Global Climate Risk Index 2019 analyses to what extent countries and regions have been affected by impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.). The most recent data available — for 2017 and from 1998 to 2017 — were taken into account.

The countries and territories affected most in 2017 were Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka as well as Dominica. For the period from 1998 to 2017 Puerto Rico, Honduras and Myanmar rank highest.

04 Dec 2018 description

WFP uses satellites and climate modelling to boost resilience to climate change in Viet Nam

Hanoi – A report launched today by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Viet Nam found that rural livelihoods in Viet Nam are highly sensitive to climate change, especially in the northern mountainous regions and the central highlands. The report also found that resilience must be boosted to safeguard food security and nutrition progress made in recent years.

03 Dec 2018 description

Regional Summary of Week 48, and Outlook for Week 49

  1. In Week 48, hydro-meteorological disasters are still dominating. Rainy season had started in the Southern ASEAN Region with heavy rainfall mostly in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam and southern end of Philippines.

  2. Over the past week for geophysical hazards, 5 earthquakes of more than M5.0 were reported in the region. There was also increased activity reported for Mt Mayon, Mt Kanlaon and Mt Anak Krakatau.

01 Dec 2018 description


The American people’s compassion and generosity have saved more than 16 million lives and brought us closer than ever to controlling the HIV/AIDS pandemic – community by community, country by country.

30 Nov 2018 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

HIV incidence in East Asia and the Pacific remains highest among key populations, and the legal, social and cultural barriers they face contribute to the region’s slow progress in improving HIV responses among children, adolescents and pregnant and breastfeeding women. Alongside successes, including the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Malaysia and Thailand, prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programmes remain sub-optimal in some areas.

29 Nov 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund