Minimize Latest Activation

Flood in Vietnam

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Type of Event:
Flood
Location of Event:
Vietnam
Date of Charter Activation:
30 July 2015
Time of Charter Activation:
16:00:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+02:00
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UN ESCAP
Project Management:
UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the event

Torrential rain in Vietnam has flooded the northern area of the country, leaving at least 17 dead and inundating thousands of homes.

The rain, which started on 26 July, is reportedly the heaviest the province has experienced in forty years.

Particularly affected is the Quang Ninh Province on Vietnam's north coast, with cities including Halong, Cam Pha, Uong Bi, Dong Trieu, Van Don and Hoanh Bo all experiencing flooding.

In some areas the flood waters have reached 2 metres in height, prompting rescue efforts to evacuate hundreds of residents to safe locations. It is estimated that more than 3000 homes have been affected by the floods.

The flood waters have made access to some locations difficult, as many roads have been inundated and the heavy rain has caused landslides in the mountainous areas of the province. These landslides damaged dozens of homes.

Weather forecasts currently estimate that the rain will continue into the first week of August, potentially causing further flooding and landslides.

Overview of flood waters in Hai Phong Province, Vietnam

Source: Landsat 7 / TerraSAR-X
Acquired: Landsat 7: 05/10/2009
TerraSAR-X: 02/08/2015

Copyright: Landsat 7 data and products © USGS (2015) - All rights reserved
TerraSAR-X © German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2015 Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Overview of flood waters along northern coast, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam

Source: RADARSAT-2
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 28/03/2015
Post-disaster: 02/08/2015

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2015) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Overview of flood waters near Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam

Source: RADARSAT-2
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 28/03/2015
Post-disaster: 02/08/2015

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2015) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Overview of flood waters near Hai Phong City, Vietnam

Source: ALOS-2 / PALSAR-2
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 19/06/2015
Post-disaster: 31/07/2015

Copyright: JAXA 2015
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT