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Floods Central and South-Central Viet Nam - December 2016

Date added: 12/29/2016
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Floods Central and South-Central Viet Nam - December 2016

Floods, caused by heavy rainfall between 13-16 Dec., have receded significantly, with only 2,240 houses in Binh Dinh province still flooded as of 19 Dec. 5pm. Reservoirs in the affected areas are at 95-100% of their full capacity, so controlled discharge is still on-going. The most affected provinces are Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh.

Floods central and South-Central Viet Nam

Date added: 12/20/2016
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Floods central and South-Central Viet Nam


December 2016
Update No. 2 (as of 17 December 2016) produced by the Office of the Resident Coordinator Viet Nam

Since 13 Dec., heavy rainfall has caused severe flooding in Central and South-Central Vietnam and parts of the Central Highlands. The most affected provinces are Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh. While rainfall and floods are reducing on 17 Dec., more rainfall and flooding is forecasted for 18-20 Dec.

According to the Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (CCNDPC), the impact of the 13-16 Dec. floods is as follows: (reported as of 17 Dec.)
- 15 deaths and 4 missing
- 111,851 houses flooded; 127 houses collapsed or unroofed
- 10,059ha rice flooded
- Multiple roads, bridges and irrigation infrastructure eroded

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Viet Nam is recovering from its strongest ever drought and saltwater intrusion

Date added: 11/14/2016
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Viet Nam is recovering from its strongest ever drought and saltwater intrusion

Since late 2015, El Niño-induced drought and salt water intrusion have severely affected Viet Nam, triggering acute water, sanitation, health and food emergency needs for more than 2 million people. On 26 April 2016, the Government and the UN jointly issued the Drought and Salt Water Intrusion Emergency Response Plan (ERP) 2016/17 to address these immediate needs. Since then, more than US$26.4million has been mobilized from Government and non-Government sources to carry out life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, health, food security and livelihood interventions.

With relief operations concluding, actions remain vital to address short, medium and long term drought recovery and strengthen the resilience of affected communities. To increase awareness and inform these drought recovery efforts, the UN Disaster Risk Management Team has developed a user-friendly infographic, in English and Vietnamese.

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Viet Nam: Drought and Saltwater Intrusion Situation Report No. 7 (as of 25 October 2016)

Date added: 10/26/2016
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Viet Nam: Drought and Saltwater Intrusion Situation Report No. 7 (as of 25 October 2016)


This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator Viet Nam. It covers the period from 17 September 2016 till 25 October 2016. This is the final situation report for this drought and salt water intrusion emergency.


  • By October, more than 54.4% or US$ 26.4 million of the emergency requirement has been funded, primarily for WASH support.
  • With relief operations still on-going but gradually decreasing, recovery efforts are being intensified.
  • Mid-October, the Government jointly with the UN issued a Drought Recovery Plan, estimating recovery needs for 2017 at US$368 million.
  • According to the Government’s forecasting center, drought-like conditions and salinity intrusion are likely occurring in the next dry season (November till April), but less severe than last year.
  • There is a 50-55% likelihood of La Niña happening, starting from November, but with low intensity.
  • Dengue fever cases remain at high level in the Central Highlands and South-Central Vietnam but begun declining in some areas.

Related document

pdfViet Nam: Humanitarian funding update (as of 10 October 2016)

Viet Nam: Emergency Response Plan 2016/17 – Update on recovery

Date added: 10/21/2016
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Viet Nam: Emergency Response Plan 2016/17 – Update on recovery


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.

During the peak of the drought (February-May 2016), an estimated 2 million people did not have access to water for consumption and domestic use, 1.1 million were food insecure and more than 2 million people lost incomes due to damaged or lost livelihoods. Risks of waterrelated diseases and severe acute malnutrition also significantly increased.

A total of 659,476ha of crops have been damaged or lost; 273,122ha rice, 168,064ha perennial crops, 35,868ha fruit trees and 30,805ha vegetables and other crops. 69,009ha of aquaculture have been affected and over 8,337 animals died. The Government estimates the total economic loss at VND 15,032 billion (approx. US$ 674 million) or 0.35% of the national GDP, with for the first time in decades a negative agricultural growth of 0.18 percent.

Since 2015, the Government has effectively responded to emergency needs by providing rice, water and other food, distributing water purification tablets, upgrading or repairing water infrastructure, delivering agricultural inputs and financial aid, for a total value of approximately US$ 60.5million. Complementing these efforts, the UN, NGOs, Red Cross and other partners mobilized an additional US$ 16.1million from various sources including the Central Emergency Response Fund, for life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, food, health, cash and livelihood interventions.

As of September 2016, drought hydro-meteorological conditions are over in all three regions. Rains have commenced but are scattered and insufficient. However, drought impact for affected households is still lingering and needs are pertinent particularly in terms of water storage and purification, hygiene and nutrition support, disease surveillance and response, and livelihood recovery.

In addition, significant investment is needed in short, medium and long term resilience-oriented drought recovery measures, in combination with access to climate information services, early warning and multi-hazard preparedness measures, particularly in light of a possible La Niña and recurrent drought. Actions should prioritize the most vulnerable population groups and integrate gender and women’s empowerment.


Click here to download MARD-UN letter on Recovery Plan

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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.


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


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.


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


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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