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US$3M CERF allocation to support people affected by storms and floods in Viet Nam

06 Nov 2020

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 The floods washed everything Nguyen Thi Hoa and Phan Thanh Tuan owned in Tan Le Hamlet, Quang Binh. Hoa is seen here with her two sons. Credit: UNICEF

Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Mark Lowcock has allocated US$3 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help people affected by storms and floods in Viet Nam.

About 1.5 million people have been directly affected - 177,000 of whom need urgent assistance.

In the past few weeks, Viet Nam has been experiencing prolonged heavy rainfall. It recorded 10 months’ worth of rainfall in less than a week.

The rainfall is associated with several tropical cyclones that arrived consecutively followed by Typhoon Molave that made landfall on 28 October.

Duong Van Nam and Duong Van Nam and Chau Thi Hoa lost their home and are facing great challenges as they have three children, two of whom have disabilities. Credit: UNICEF

People, whose lives had already been upended by COVID-19, are now having to deal with devastation in the wake of severe and widespread flooding, landslides, storm surge and strong winds

At least 380,000 houses have been flooded, damaged or destroyed; 30,000 hectares of agricultural land has been damaged; and more than 2 million cattle and poultry have been killed.

Of those people directly affected, some 753,000 are women and girls, 134,000 are children under five, and 143,000 are over 65 years old. A Floods Response Plan with a duration of six months was released on 31 October with a $40 million funding requirement for UN agencies, NGOs and the Vietnam Red Cross.

The $3 million has been allocated from CERF's rapid response window for life-saving humanitarian action. The Humanitarian Country Team intends to focus on providing an integrated package of life-saving shelter and basic household items, water, sanitation and hygiene, health and protection assistance to 169,200 people in two of the five provinces that have been worst hit – Quang Binh and Quang Tris.