What are the needs?
Due to its geographical location, Vietnam is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. Local capacity to respond to recurrent flash floods, floods, typhoons, and landslides is growing, but international assistance is at times still necessary.
Storms with the resultant floods, landslides and destruction of homes and livelihoods often leave inhabitants in need of temporary shelter, clean water and sanitation, primary health care, basic household items and hygiene awareness. Access to the population in need is often a challenge due to lack of infrastructure.
How are we helping?
The European Commission regularly funds humanitarian assistance to address the needs arising from recurrent natural disasters in Cambodia.
In the most recent past, €1 million was provided following the devastation caused by cyclones Wutip and Nari in late 2013. The funds were used to meet the emergency needs for shelter, livelihood support, provision of clean water, sanitation and hygiene. In 2011, €3.5 million were also allocated to Vietnam to address the humanitarian impact of floods which struck several countries across south-east Asia.
Under its Disaster Preparedness Programme (DIPECHO), the Commission seeks to reduce risks posed by natural hazards in this particularly disaster-prone country, as well as to improve local communities’ resilience. Since 1998, the European Commission has committed €13.2 million in Vietnam, including €1.2 million in 2014-2015.
The ongoing projects cover activities ranging from the training of disaster risk reduction practitioners on the 'community-based disaster risk management' regulation to the strengthening the government’s capacity in promoting safe housing policies in coastal areas.