Heavy rain causes flooding in central Vietnam
Torrential rains starting on September 30th have caused severe flooding in central Vietnam. Quang Binh, a Plan program area, was one of the two most heavily impacted provinces, with a total of 106 communes flooded.
All of 5 Plan-supported districts in Quang Binh were affected, experiencing the worst rainfall the area has seen in 20 years. The province has reportedly been hit by the equivalent of half the yearly rainfall in just a few days. As of today, rainfall has decreased and the flood level has slowly started to recede.
The government of Vietnam has reported a total of 60 deaths with an additional 22 people still missing. Of the fatalities, 39 were in Quang Binh. The heavy rains have flooded over 1000,000 houses in Quang Binh alone, and have caused damage to highways and communications lines, leaving many communes and districts inaccessible.
It is currently estimated that over 300,000 people and children have been affected, with total losses reaching $51 million.
The national government has taken action to reduce damage in the flooded areas, mobilizing search and rescue teams and providing medicine, tents, food, and water to affected families. On October 6th, Plan staff went to the field to conduct an assessment of the areas most affected by the flooding, and determine what emergency aid is needed.
In Quang Binh, all rivers and wells were found to be flooded and polluted, causing a shortage of drinking water and raising the risk for waterborne diseases. 23 medicial clinics, 90% of the schools, and 100% of the rice fields were also badly damaged.
Over 5,000 households in Quang Binh had to be evacuated, and at least 30% of the families in the province have lost their general household supplies. Plan has estimated that about 30,000 families in the district are in need of food aid and non-food items.
Based on this assessment, Plan has prioritized the following relief interventions:
- Direct provision of food
- Household kits (mosquito nets, blankets, soap, bucket, pots, etc.)
- Cash transfer programs and livelihood support including seed and cash-for-work programs
- Hygiene kits for early childhood care and development centers
- Pre-school support (learning and teaching kits)
- Educational support (textbooks and other school supplies)
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