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Viet Nam: Emergency Response Plan 2016/17

Date added: 04/26/2016
Downloads: 4579
Viet Nam: Emergency Response Plan 2016/17


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. Another eight provinces are at risk of becoming severely affected in the coming weeks. An estimated 2 million (400,000 households) people in the three regions do not have regular and sufficient access to water for human consumption and domestic use.

Situation Overview

  • 18 provinces severely affected at present
  • 22 provinces currently drought-affected
  • 52 provinces aided by Government since mid-2015

Water shortage and use of unsafe water pose risk factors for outbreaks of water-related disease. This, coupled with heightened food insecurity due to drought-induced crop loss, is a likely factor in the rising rate of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) reported by the 21-24 March inter-agency rapid assessment. This showed an increase in the SAM rate from 1.3-1.8 per cent in 2015 to 1.9-2.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2016 in three of the six drought-affected provinces assessed.

In the Mekong Delta, the drought and related decrease in groundwater levels have resulted in the most extensive saltwater intrusion in 90 years. While salt water intrusion (which contaminates aquifers that support domestic water demand) is an annual phenomenon, it set in nearly two months earlier than normal in 2016 and has penetrated an average 20-30 km further inland than normal. As a result of the drought and saltwater intrusion, some 400,000 hectares of cropland have been affected with varying degrees of productivity loss, and 25,900 ha have not been planted at all.

Since late 2015, the Government has provided 5,221 tons of relief food for distribution to the three drought-affected regions and has allocated 1008 billion VND (45 million USD) for drought relief efforts nationally. This has supported trucking of 2 million m3 of water and distribution of 630,000 doses of Chloramine B and 400,000 Aquatabs for water-insecure households. On 15 March 2016, the Government of Viet Nam (GoV) requested the support of international partners for their relief efforts, with priority given to ensuring water supply, storage and treatment in drought-affected areas, as well as food security and nutritional support and enhanced monitoring of potential disease outbreaks.

Viet Nam: Drought and Salt Water Intrusion – Situation Update No. 2 (as of 14 April 2016)

Date added: 04/19/2016
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Viet Nam: Drought and Salt Water Intrusion – Situation Update No. 2 (as of 14 April 2016)

This update is issued on behalf of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam. It covers the period from 23 March to 14 April 2016. The next update will be issued as new information becomes available.

Following the briefing of partners held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on 15 March 2016, six inter-agency rapid assessment teams visited Ben Tre, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Kien Giang Provinces to conduct an assessment of humanitarian needs. The joint assessment teams were supported by representatives from MARD, MoH, PACCOM, INGOs and UN.

The assessment was conducted during 21-24 March 2016. The focus of the teams was on identifying priority humanitarian needs along with other immediate needs of the affected communities. To aid the assessment process, existing inter-agency guidance and tools for emergency needs assessment were used, along with supplementary questions to adapt to the specific drought situation and context.

This consolidated assessment report presents immediate humanitarian needs along with other priority needs that are likely to be needed in responding to the challenges posed by drought and saltwater intrusion. As such, this report does not include identification of longer term development and/or socio-economic needs. As the teams visited only six of the affected provinces, there remains a gap in collecting information from other affected provinces.

This assessment report will help inform discussions and reach agreement on a joint response strategy to mitigate the impact of drought and saltwater intrusion. In supporting the people and Government of Viet Nam, we have a collective responsibility to agree on a joint response strategy so that required resources can be mobilized to meet these needs.

pdfClick here to download the details Drought Assessment report

Viet Nam: Drought and Salt Water Intrusion – Situation Update No. 1 (as of 24 March 2016)

Date added: 03/25/2016
Downloads: 2662
Viet Nam: Drought and Salt Water Intrusion – Situation Update No. 1 (as of 24 March 2016)

This update is issued on behalf of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam. It covers the period from 10 to 23 March 2016. The next update will be issued around early April 2016.

Since late 2014, a serious drought has been impacting the South Central Coast, Central Highlands and Southern regions of Viet Nam. Lower than average rainfall and very high temperatures throughout 2015 further exacerbated the situation. In the first half of 2015, nine provinces were seriously affected, namely: Quang Tri, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Gia Lai, Nghe An, Kon Tum.

For the past three months, the ongoing drought, water shortage and salt intrusion have posed a significant risk to some 1.75 million people in the South-Central regions, Central Highlands and Mekong Delta regions of Viet Nam. A total of 39 out of the 63 provinces (62 per cent) of Viet Nam have been affected and 12 provinces have declared a State of Emergency (Binh Thuan, Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Soc Trang, Ca Mau, Tra Vinh, Tien Giang, Long An, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Ninh Thuan, Kien Giang).

As of 17 March, the upstream water level of the Mekong River is reported very low. It is expected that the water flow in rivers in the Central Region will continue to decrease until the end of June.

The drought is attributed to saline (salt) intrusion in the Mekong Delta affecting aquifers (underground water sources) which usually supports the domestic water demand. 

Second situation report: Flooding in Northern Viet Nam

Date added: 08/06/2015
Downloads: 6169
Second situation report: Flooding in Northern Viet Nam



Ha Noi, 6 August 2015 - Lessening rainfall over the past two days has helped local relief and recovery efforts in coastal provinces. On Monday 4 Aug, President Truong Tan Sang visited affected households in Quang Ninh, emphasizing the urgent need for resettlement of affected households.

An initial assessment from UN humanitarian partners in the field suggests that food and water supplies are already in place in Quang Ninh. However, Localized damage from flash floods and landslides has increased in mountainous provinces, particularly in terms of agriculture and transport.

The UN in Viet Nam continues to work closely with humanitarian partners who are collecting field information for emergency relief. So far, local provinces and central government have the situation under control for relief and initial recovery. An interagency coordination meeting will be organized on 6 August with humanitarian partners to consolidate information in the field. This meeting will identify if there are any gaps in response and consider if a comprehensive assessment of damage in the affected provinces will be needed for early recovery process.

First situation report: Flooding in Northern Viet Nam

Date added: 08/03/2015
Downloads: 6517
First situation report: Flooding in Northern Viet Nam


Ha Noi, 3 August 2015 - More than 20 people have lost their lives in a series of flashfloods and landslides in Northern Viet Nam. Thousands of houses have been damaged by floodwater, crops destroyed and roads closed in a week of unusually heavy rain. The UN in Viet Nam and its NGO partners continue to monitor the situation very closely and is standing by to assist national and local Government in any way required.

The UN in Vietnam, with support from UNITAR and UNOCHA Bangkok, has aquired satellite images of the flooding situation in Quang Ninh and other affected provinces to help central government in their situation analysis, response and recovery process.

The following Situation Report was issued by the UN on 3rd August 2015.

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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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