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Viet Nam: Tropical Storm Tembin Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam - Situation Update (as of 26 December 2017)

Date added: 12/27/2017
Downloads: 554
Viet Nam: Tropical Storm Tembin Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam - Situation Update (as of 26 December 2017)

 

Situation overview

  • Tropical Storm Tembin, the 16th tropical storm to threaten Viet Nam in 2017, was first classified as a weak tropical depression on 16 December, and gradually intensified into a tropical storm on 20 December. On 25 December, the storm was downgraded to a tropical depression.
  • The storm was expected to hit Viet Nam on late Monday, 25 December 2017, in the Southern provinces of Ba Ria - Vung Tau to Ca Mau in the Mekong River Delta with winds up to 120 km/hour and squalls at a maximum of 150 km/hour, but failed to make landfall. In Viet Nam’s Truong Sa archipelago, the hardest-hit area of Typhoon Tembin, the storm uprooted trees and blew off house roofs, and destroyed parts of the water irrigation system and power grid.
  • As of 25 December, more than 650,000 people have been evacuated, using schools and community buildings as temporary shelters for residents. On 26 December, all evacuated people could return to their homes. In addition, pupils, students and workers were instructed to stay at home on 25 and 26 December, and provincial authorities near the shoreline banned all fishing vessels to go out to sea.
  • No major damages to infrastructure have been reported so far. All health care services are fully functioning, and no risks to the public health have been recorded. No requests for central assistance have been made by local health authorities.
  • The Government of Viet Nam, through the Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (CCNDPC) coordinated preparedness and response activities in the threatened provinces at national level. The Viet Nam Red Cross, as well as the UN, both at country and regional level, and INGOs are closely monitoring the situation, and will provide support if required.

Viet Nam: Typhoon Damrey & flooding in the Central and Highland regions of Viet Nam Situation Report No. 4 (as of 13 December 2017)

Date added: 12/20/2017
Downloads: 512
Viet Nam: Typhoon Damrey & flooding in the Central and Highland regions of Viet Nam Situation Report No. 4 (as of 13 December 2017)

Situation overview

  • Typhoon Damrey, or Storm No.12, made landfall in Viet Nam on 4 November 2017, with winds of up to 135 km/hour. The typhoon and continued heavy rainfall affected more than 4.33 million people in 15 provinces in the Central Regions of Viet Nam.
  • 3,550 houses were destroyed in the Typhoon, and a further 134,000 houses were partially damaged. In Khanh Hoa province alone, 114,000 homes have been either partially or fully damaged.
  • One month after the typhoon struck, food security and livelihood, shelter, water, hygiene, food and livelihood needs remain.
  • The Government of Viet Nam estimates the economic loss because of the typhoon to be VND 22,680 billion (US$ 996.9 million).
  • On 4 December 2017, the UN in Viet Nam launched a Flooding Response Plan, identifying financial needs of US$ 54.0 million to cover humanitarian needs. As of 13 December, the Response Plan is 30 percent funded.
  • Early recovery funding needs, as estimated by the Government of Viet Nam, add up to a total of US$ 142 million.

Viet Nam: Flooding Response Plan (Dec 2017-Nov 2018)

Date added: 12/05/2017
Downloads: 594
Viet Nam: Flooding Response Plan (Dec 2017-Nov 2018)

 

Typhoon Damrey made landfall on 4 November, causing flooding that affected 15 provinces in Central Viet Nam creating acute water,
sanitation, shelter, and food emergency needs. More than 4.33 million people were affected at the peak of the floods, with almost 400,000 people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance from national and international partners.

As a result of the typhoon, 107 people were killed. Serious infrastructure damage was reported in all 15 affected provinces; more than 305,000 houses were damaged, including 3,500 homes that were completely destroyed. Following the typhoon, 50,000 households are in urgent need of food assistance, and 100,000 households have lost their livelihoods. More than 125,000 hectares of rice and vegetables were destroyed and aquaculture in Viet Nam was severely affected, with 133,000 hectares of shrimp farms flooded and over 70,000 aquaculture cages swept away. The provinces affected by Typhoon Damrey have been affected by a series of storms since 2016, weakening household coping capacities as their productive assets have been lost. The Government of Viet Nam estimates the economic loss to be US$630.5 million.

At the end of November, the UN in Viet Nam estimated that approx. US$54 million humanitarian funding is required for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), food security and livelihoods, and shelter activities. While relief operations have begun, additional financial support will be vital to address short, medium and long-term needs to help communities recover from the storm and floods, and strengthen the resilience of affected communities.

Viet Nam: Typhoon Damrey & flooding in the Central and Highland regions of Viet Nam Situation Update

Date added: 11/23/2017
Downloads: 657
Viet Nam: Typhoon Damrey & flooding in the Central and Highland regions of Viet Nam Situation Update

 

This update is issued on behalf of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam. It covers the period between 11-22 November 2017. Another update will be shared once new information becomes available.

Situation overview

  • Typhoon Damrey, or Storm No.12, made landfall in Viet Nam on early Saturday morning, 4 November 2017, with winds of up to 135 km/hour, 500 km south of Nha Trang (Khánh Hòa province). Additional heavy rainfall and floods, as well as additional tropical storms such as Kirogi, continued to ravage many of the affected provinces. An estimated economic loss and damage of VND 14,318.62 million (USD 630,500,000) has been estimated by the Government.
  • 107 people have been killed, 315 people were injured, and 16 are still missing.
  • Updated numbers for the most affected provinces, including in the South Central (Khánh Hòa, Phú Yên, Bình Ðịnh, and Quảng Ngãi) and Central regions (Thừa Thiên-Huế, Quảng Nam, and Da Nang), show the destruction of 125,000 hectares of crops, 133,000 hectares of aquaculture, and 70,055 aquaculture cages. In addition, 1,348 fishing vessels were wrecked, while 454,317 poultry (ducks and chicken) and 10,642 livestock (buffaloes, pigs) have died.
  • CCNDPC is continuously monitoring the situation, and is keeping a close eye on reservoir and water discharge operations to prevent downstream flooding. So far, only one dam has broken, and four irrigation reservoirs have been damaged.
  • Flood warnings between 19-24 November have been issued for provinces along the coast from Ha Tinh to Binh Thuan, as well as in the Central Highlands and Dong Nai province.

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WORLD AIDS DAY MESSAGE 2017

1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

This World AIDS Day, we are highlighting the importance of the right to health and the challenges that people living with and affected by HIV face in fulfilling that right.


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Community spaces design contest for an exciting hanoi

Ha Noi, October 17/10/2017 - Aiming at improving the living environment and bringing culture and art to the community towards a better urban future, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) successfully developed the project “Promote participatory, community-based and youth-led approach in safe, greening public spaces in Hoan Kiem district toward a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable urban development” (hereinafter called Public Spaces project) under the Block by Block program with Mojang, the makers of the videogame Minecraft.

 

Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


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Harsh punishment for child offenders doesn’t prevent further criminality

The age at which a child, can be held criminally liable is a controversial issue around the world. Within Viet Nam, this issue is currently being grappled with in the Penal Code amendments. Some argue that a "get tough on crime" approach is necessary to punish children to prevent further criminality.

However, international research shows that because of their developmental stages, labelling and treating children as criminals at an early age can have serious negative impacts on their development and successful rehabilitation.


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New Year Greetings from the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam

 

On the occasion of New Year 2017, on behalf of the United Nations family in Viet Nam I wish to reiterate our appreciation and express our warmest wishes to our partners and friends throughout the country. We wish our partners and their families in Viet Nam peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in the coming year.

As we enter the second year of the Sustainable Development Goals era, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation for the sake of Viet Nam’s future development; one which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, with no one left behind.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil
United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December

 

Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride.  But we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.



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