Red Cross responds to severe flooding in Vietnam

Published: 8 November 2016 3:17 CET

By Ly Nguyen, IFRC

Thousands of people in Vietnam have been forced out of their homes as a new wave of flooding triggered by torrential rains inundated several provinces in the country.

Data released by the Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control indicates that 34 people have been reported dead, 36 were injured and three others are missing due to the flooding. The worst affected provinces are Ha Tinh, Quang Tri and Quang Binh where the floods have inundated more than 20,000 houses and swept away thousands of livestock.

In response to the disaster, the Viet Nam Red Cross Society immediately released 2.9 billion Vietnamese Dong (130,000 Swiss Francs) to provide emergency relief to the worst-hit communities. This assistance included cash grants, household items, shelter kits and water purification tablets. A water treatment unit was also deployed to Quang Binh to treat and provide water to two affected districts. Red Cross volunteers have also been conducting ‘hygiene promotion’ to help prevent the spread of diseases which are common during floods such as cholera and diarrhoea.

“The Viet Nam Red Cross worked quickly to deploy its response teams to carry out assessments and identify the affected communities’ most immediate needs,” says Hung Ha Nguyen, Disaster Risk Management Delegate with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent’s (IFRC) Sub-Mekong Country Cluster Support Team.

“Several areas in Vietnam have received as much rain in three days as they would normally receive in the whole of November. Our main concern is that the rains will continue in the coming days and worsen the flood situation.”

The Viet Nam Red Cross Society recently launched a domestic fundraising appeal to mobilize resources in order to support the flood-affected communities. As of 25 October, 14.4 billion Vietnamese Dong (630,442 Swiss Francs) had been raised. Priority will be placed on restoring people’s  livelihoods and re-building flood and typhoon resistant houses.

The IFRC is supporting the Viet Nam Red Cross with funding from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund which will be used to replenish pre-positioned relief items which have already been distributed. Funds will also be spent on the logistical costs of the relief operation and on the deployment of National Disaster Response Team and Provincial Disaster Response Teams.

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