Three tropical storms (including two typhoons) caused heavy rain and widespread flooding in Vietnam over a one-week period in mid-October. More than 30 people died because of the storms, and approximately 650,000 people were affected, including 182,000 children, in five central provinces.
The storms damaged more than 130,000 houses overall. Save the Children identified approximately 71,000 homes completely flooded in just one of the five provinces affected, resulting in an extensive loss of household items and possessions. The flooding damaged many water supply systems, making the potential risk of waterborne communicable diseases a serious concern. Flooding also destroyed vast agricultural areas and killed domestic birds and livestock. People living in mountainous areas and the most vulnerable populations (including elderly people, people living with disabilities, female-headed households, and land-poor households) were the most affected the most at risk.
Save the Children worked to improve access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene to reduce risk of waterborne diseases and provide affected communities with the economic means to meet their basic needs through the provision of unconditional multi-purpose cash grants.
They rehabilitated water points and latrines in local schools, so that schools could reopen and community members could have temporary access to a safe water source while the local infrastructure was being repaired. They also promoted hygiene activities to affected communities, primarily related to preventing the spread of waterborne communicable diseases.