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Typhoon Damrey - Nov 2017

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As of 5 November, Typhoon Damrey caused 29 deaths, destroyed 600 houses and damaged nearly 40,000 houses after hitting 10 provinces and the city of Danang on 4 November. National authorities have instructed all central and provincial agencies to scale up search and rescue and relief operations and to quickly restore damaged infrastructures. (OCHA, 4 Nov 2017)

According to the latest information from National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (NCDPC), as of 7 November 2017, 69 people died and 30 people missing. The typhoon has destroyed nearly 1,500 houses and around 120,000 houses are partially damaged. More than 36,000 people in the coastal Can Gio district of Ho Chi Min city were evacuated. Up to 1,300 transport and fishing boats were damaged and sunk. The storm submerged 5,296 hectares of paddy and nearly 15,000 hectares of vegetables and fruits. The hardest hit regions include the south-central provinces of Khánh Hoa, Phú Yên, and Binh Định, the Central Highlands provinces of Đăk Lắk, Gia Lai, Đăk Nông and Lâm Đông, and the central provinces of Quảng Nam and Quảng Ngai. All of Phú Yên Province and Khánh Hoa Province except for Nha Trang City; and all of Binh Định Province other than Tam Quan District suffered from total blackouts. Parts of Đắk Lắk, Kon Tum, Đắk Nông and Quảng Ngãi provinces shared the same North to South. According to the Chief of Office of the National Search and Rescue Committee, Typhoon Damrey was the strongest storm to make landfall in Khánh Hòa Province and the south-central region in the last 20 years. The recorded danger level of Damrey was higher than that of Typhoon Doksuri which pummelled the central region in September this year. (IFRC, 7 Nov 2017)

On 8 November, the Government issued a request for international humanitarian support from UN agencies, INGOs and Development Partners...As of 11 November 2017, more than 35,000 people have been evacuated, 104 people have been killed, including 28 women, and 19 more are still missing. The most affected provinces, including in the South-Central regions (Khánh Hòa, Phú Yên, Bình Ðịnh, and Quảng Ngãi) and Central regions (Thừa Thiên-Huế, Quảng Nam, and Da Nang), show high numbers of deaths and missing people, seriously damaged infrastructure, collapsed/roofless/broken houses, and destruction of 33,153 hectares of crops, including 9,163 hectares of rice, 20,783 hectares of vegetables, and 69,900 agriculture cages. (UNCT, 11 Nov 2017)

As of 14 November 2017, approximately 395,000 people are thought to require assistance across Viet Nam following disruption by Typhoon Damrey. (ASEAN, 14 Nov 2017)

The Viet Nam Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported that Typhoon Damrey has caused 104 deaths and destroyed or damaged an estimated 141,100 houses as of 14 November. Joint Government, UN and NGO teams completed damage assessments on 16 November. Damrey is estimated to have caused a total damage of around US$600 million. (OCHA, 20 Nov 2017)

On 28 November 2017, the UN approved an additional allocation of US$4.21 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide assistance to 150,000 people, including 46,973 children, in six affected provinces. The UN estimates that Typhoon Damrey affected an estimated 4.33 million people, including 400,000 who require humanitarian assistance. (UNCT, 28 Nov 2017)

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. (UNCT, 13 Dec 2017)

On 14 December, 2017, the Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (CCNDPC) is to launch the Call for supports to help affected provinces in the Central region overcome aftermaths of Damrey Typhoon and other natural disasters in 2017 and stabilize their lives. The CCNDPC has invited all international partners in the country to attend this launch. (IFRC, 19 Dec 2017)