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Flood in Vietnam

Friday, 18 July 2014

Type of Event:
Flood
Location of Event:
Vietnam
Date of Charter Activation:
18 July 2014
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UN ESCAP
Project Management:
UNOSAT

Description of the event

Super Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in northern Vietnam on 19 July 2014 with wind speeds as strong as 104 kp/h, causing widespread flooding and destruction.

While no casualties initially followed the typhoon, 16 people have been reported killed in the following days and the northern province of Quang Ninh was badly affected. Local authorities evacuated around 27,000 people before the storm arrived. Following Rammasun's landing, many more families were displaced and moved to safer areas.

The storm brought heavy rain, which caused flooding and landslides. Northern provinces have suffered power outages and high water levels with many rivers in Quang Ninh, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Ha Giang and Lao Cai Provinces posing a high risk of flashflooding.

Rammasun had earlier passed through southern China on its way to Vietnam, and had devastated the Philippines earlier in the week. It dissipated over Vietnam as it moved further north. Despite this, however, there are concerns that a new typhoon, named Matmo, will bring more rain and flooding to the area.

Flood waters over Viêt Tri, Phu Tho Province, Vietnam

Source: TerraSAR-X / Landsat-8
Acquired: TerraSAR-X: 19/07/2014
Landsat-8: 18/12/2013

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