CERF releases US$ 4 million to help people affected by Typhoon Damrey in Viet Nam
Ly Phat Viet Linh

CERF releases US$ 4 million to help people affected by Typhoon Damrey in Viet Nam

Lara Palmisano

On Sunday morning 4 November 2017, Viet Nam’s deadliest storm of the year, Typhoon Damrey, has severely affected 15 provinces across the Central and South-Central regions of the country, causing widespread flooding and destruction. An estimated 4.3 million people are affected, including 400,000 people who require humanitarian assistance. 

CERF has immediately released US$ 4.2 million to provide life-saving aid to 150,000 people, including tens of thousands of children in six affected provinces. Funding allows UN agencies and partners to scale up urgent relief activities and provide access to clean water, sanitation, hygiene and food, as well as emergency shelter. Recovery activities are underway after more than 300,000 houses were damaged or destroyed.

“The CERF funds will cover immediate life-saving needs and support time-critical interventions over the next six months,” said Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam. “Typhoon Damrey and the ensuing floods have severely impacted people in central Viet Nam. In close collaboration with the Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (CCNDPC), the Vietnam Red Cross and other partners, the UN is stepping up its support to ensure that the most vulnerable people are protected and rehabilitated.”

CERF funding is enabling the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to meet the most urgent needs of people whose homes have been damaged by providing shelter material, cash grants, water filtration systems and hygiene kits to prevent the spread of disease; as well as unconditional cash transfers and vouchers to compensate for the loss of livelihoods and to procure agricultural supplies.

The UN in Viet Nam estimates that following Typhoon Damrey, US$ 60 million will be required over the next 12 months to address short and medium-term needs and to strengthen the resilience of communities vulnerable to recurrent disasters.