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Viet Nam: Flood: 1999/12 Country Information on DRR

Period 1999/12
Country or District Viet Nam
Event Type Flood
Outline One month after the central coastal provinces of Vietnam were inundated by the worst floods the country has experienced this century, the same region has suffered heavy rains and new, extensive flooding. These new floods occurred just as rehabilitation measures were being undertaken in order to help stabilize the lives of the people in the central provinces. The new floods caused by heavy rainfall from 1 to 6 December once again attained historical water levels in some rivers in the central provinces from Thua Thien Hue to Khanh Hoa
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
OCHA Situation Report No. 2 1999/12/10
December floods impact:People killed is 115,Injured 164,Missing 12,People evacuated 11,475 households Houses damaged/destroyed are 423,653 flooded and damaged 9,053 destroyed.
Paddy crops destroyed is 28,779 ha.
AFP 1999/12/08
300,000 people face a serious shortage of food and the loss of livelihood for the next six to nine months until they can replant and harvest the next rice crop.
More than 5,000 homes were entirely destroyed, while nearly 400,000 were submerged and damaged.
Some 451 bridges and dams needed repair, while roads suffered extensive damage due to erosion.
Nearly 26 million dollars in losses were caused by floods, primarily in damage to homes and crops.

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AFP 1999/12/15
International donors promised Vietnam 2.1 billion dollars in development assistance for 2000 and an additional 700 million dollars conditional on economic reforms, the World Bank announced.

ABC 1999/12/10
Fresh rains are expected to hit parts of central coastal Vietnam compounding despair across a region struggling to recover from two devastating floods in one month.

OCHA Situation Report No. 2 1999/12/10
Quang Ngai province requests 200 tons of instant noodles, 150,000 raincoats, 200,000 sets of clothing, water purification powder, medicine to control epidemic disease, and sheeting and canvas.

AFP 1999/12/08
More than one million people face a serious food crisis in the wake of flooding that left 116 people dead in central Vietnam.

AFP 1999/12/07
The death toll from floods which struck central Vietnam has reached 115 with one person still missing, but rains have subsided and water levels are beginning to fall.

OCHA Situation Report No. 1 1999/12/07

Reuters 1999/12/06
Widespread floods blanketed central coastal Vietnam Monday, killing more than 70 people and leaving one million in need of emergency assistance.

AFP 1999/12/06
Roads in some areas were submerged under water about 1.5 metres deep, making access impossible, and trains could only travel as far north as Binh Dinh province, south of Quang Ngai.Fortunately, relief and rescue operations were proceeding well, with supplies being delivered by army helicopters from Danang airport to the worst affected areas.