Donors respond to UN Inter-agency Relief appeal for flood victims

31 Jan 2001

HA NOI - The United Nations in Viet Nam has already received approximately thirty per cent of the US$9.43 million requested in an inter-agency appeal last year, to provide in the period October 2000 to April 2001, emergency relief and rehabilitation assistance for victims of last year's Mekong Delta floods.

The more than US$3 million received to date has been donated by the Governments of Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, as well as from the European Union, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Development Programme.

The major part of these contributions has been channelled through umbrella funds established by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for this purpose. The funds have been allocated to relevant UN agencies for sectoral activities as prioritized by the UN Disaster Management Team in Viet Nam.

"Thanks to the generous support of the donor governments, the United Nations in Viet Nam has been able to provide a timely supplement to the Viet Nam Government's rehabilitation efforts," said Mr Edouard Wattez, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. "This has helped the affected people to get back on their feet and quickly resume their livelihoods."

"Donor funds have enabled the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to assist the affected farmers to resume agricultural activities; the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to provide basic health care, clean water and sanitation facilities, and to help school children resume their studies. These funds have also allowed the World Health Organization (WHO) to take proactive measures to prevent sudden outbreaks of diseases," said Mr Wattez.

The international UN Inter-Agency Appeal was launched following the assessment carried out by a joint mission to the flood-affected areas by a UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team despatched by OCHA, members of the UN Disaster Management Team in Viet Nam, and Government officials. The mission assessed the impact of the devastating floods, conducted a detailed assessment of needs for the short, medium and long term, and then prioritized these needs according to the urgency of the situation in various sectors and geographical locations.

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