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.
Improve access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene to reduce risk of waterborne diseases; provide affected communities with economic means to meet their basic needs
The storms damaged more than 130,000 houses overall. Save the Children has 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 has damaged many water supply systems, making the potential risk of waterborne communicable diseases a growing concern. Flooding has also destroyed vast agricultural areas and killed domesticated 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 and remain the most at risk.
Save lives and protect vulnerable populations, in particular children, while also addressing the specific and unique needs of girls and boys.
• Distribute unconditional multi-purpose cash grants to the most vulnerable families in order for them to meet their basic needs. This will allow them to determine what their most pressing needs are, whether it is related to food security, household items, shelter repair or livelihood inputs.
• Rehabilitate water points and latrines in local schools, allowing schools to re-open. This will also allow for community members in general to have access to a safe water source while community infrastructure is being repaired by local authorities.
• Promote hygiene activities to affected communities, primarily related to preventing the spread of waterborne communicable diseases.
Save the Children has been present in Vietnam for 26 years, including 10 years of experience with disaster risk reduction and humanitarian/emergency response. Save the Children has built strong
relationships with national authorities, provincial governments, and local partners. This allowed for the fast-track approval by local authorities for Save the Children to conduct a joint rapid needs
assessment within 72 hours after the flooding emergency began; and the distribution of relief items within the first 10 days.