East Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster-stricken region in the world.
1 In 2016, disasters affected more than 86 million people in the region, compared with 40 million people in 2015.
2 In February 2018, Papua New Guinea was struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake which caused devastating landslides and widespread destruction. Some 270,000 people, including 125,000 children, are in need of immediate lifesaving assistance.
East Asia and the Pacific
Regional Office 2018 Requirements: US$6,312,000
4.33M people affected
15 provinces affected
305,000 homes destroyed/damaged
Key Figures Humanitarian Response
1.1M people targeted
9 provinces prioritized
$54M funding requested (US$)
This Revised Emergency Appeal is seeking 336,193 Swiss francs (reduced from 1,405,216 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) in delivering assistance and support to 24,050 people (reduced from 30,775 people) affected by floods in late 2016. The operation is focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); shelter; and disaster risk reduction. The main changes are the removal of recovery shelter and National Society capacity development components.
East Asia and the Pacific region remains extremely prone to natural hazards, with significant human casualties and economic losses – more than 40 million people were affected by disasters in 2015. Children are among the most vulnerable to natural hazards, and suffer short-term and long-lasting negative impacts on health, nutrition, protection and education. Population growth, rapid urbanization and climate change continue to exacerbate the impact of disasters, which are expected to occur more frequently and with greater intensely, and to impact larger populations in the coming years.
Total people to be reached in 2017: 200 million
2017 programme targets
- At least two rapid diagnostic tests available for global use
- 200 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean reached with key messages on prevention
- Up to two candidate vaccines available
Care and support
- A model of integrated and holistic care and support for children with congenital Zika disorders developed
Appeal n° MDRVN014
Glide n° TC-2016-000111-VNM
30,775 people to be assisted
144,866 Swiss francs DREF allocated
1,405,215 Swiss francs current Appeal budget
Appeal ends 31 July 2017 (9 months)
Appeal launched 17 November 2016
18 provinces severely affected
2 million people affected, with significant loss of income due to damaged or lost livelihoods
First time in decades a negative agricultural growth
Since 2014, the longest and strongest ever El Niño drought and saltwater intrusion has severely affected one third of Viet Nam, in areas producing key agricultural outputs such as rice, coffee, pepper, fruit, sugarcane and seafood.
17 June 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO)/the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and partners have set out their strategic response to Zika which will place a greater focus on preventing and managing medical complications caused by Zika virus infection. To date, US$121.9 million are necessary to effectively implement the Zika Strategic Response Plan, July 2016 to December 2017.
- 18 provinces severely affected at present
- 22 provinces currently drought-affected
- 52 provinces aided by Government since mid-2015
Total Emergency Requirement (3-5 months) $48.5 million
Current Gap (3-5 months) $41.4 million
At least one third of Vietnam’s 63 provinces continue to be affected by El Niño-induced drought, with 18 provinces in the South Central, Central Highlands and Mekong Delta regions severely affected.
2016 Requirements: US$4,209,600
This chapter provides a summary of the general environment in which UNHCR is operating in Asia and the Pacific, and the organization’s planned responses in 2015. Mention is made of major challenges including those related to protection at sea, which will continue to have a significant impact on UNHCR’s work in 2015 and beyond.
Available protection space for refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless people in the region is fragile and unpredictable, due to a lack of national legal frameworks in most South-East Asian countries. Furthermore, some States have introduced increasingly restrictive policies - such as denying safe disembarkation or access at the airport, and narrowing protection space and access to asylum. There is also an increase in maritime “push backs” and instances of refoulement.
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).
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).
Most countries in South-East Asia do not have any legislation regulating the rights of asylumseekers and refugees, and UNHCR conducts refugee status determination in the absence of a national asylum system. Three countries in South-East Asia have national asylum systems at varying levels of development. One country has limited processing for certain groups under an “admissions board” process.
This preliminary emergency appeal seeks CHF 2,114,739 in cash, kind, or services to support the Viet Nam Red Cross Society to assist 37,500 beneficiaries (7,500 households) for ten months, 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).
CHF 266,261 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation. Un-earmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.
GLIDE n° FL-2011-000137-VNM
This revised emergency appeal seeks CHF 1,107,186 in cash, kind, or services to support the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) to assist 10,000 households (42,000 beneficiaries) for 12 months, and will be completed by the end of October 2012. A final report will be made available by 31 January 2013, three months after the end of the operation.
9 November 2011: This emergency appeal was launched for CHF 1,107,185 to assist 10,000 households for 12 months.
This emergency appeal seeks CHF 758,416 in cash, kind, or services to support the Viet Nam Red Cross Society to assist 752,255 beneficiaries, including 196,200 direct beneficiaries for nine months, and will be completed by the end of December 2012. A final report will be made available by end of March 2013, three months after the operation ends.
Appeal history: - Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF): CHF 100,000 was allocated from IFRC’s DREF on 2 April 2012 to help initiate response by the national society.