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European Commission humanitarian experts visiting Vietnam after floods. © European Union/ECHO/Mathias Eick

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.

Most recently, in early 2016, the Commission released over €2 million to provide emergency assistance to communities affected by severe drought and saltwater intrusion which have struck the Central Highlands and Mekong Delta regions since late 2015. The funds provide the impacted populations with safe water and cash whilst also promoting good hygiene practices.

Earlier in late 2013, €1 million was provided following the devastation caused by cyclones Wutip and Nari. 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 1995, the European Commission has committed €12.7 million in Vietnam. With the support from the Commission, the government of Vietnam has made significant progress in disaster risk reduction, in particular with regard to floods and storms, through its national community-based programme.


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