Australian Embassy

Media Release - 22 December 2017

Supporting Vietnam to recover following Typhoon Damrey

Today, the Embassy of Australia in Vietnam announced AUD 400,000 in emergency assistance and recovery support to Vietnam to respond to the impacts of Typhoon Damrey.

Australia will work with CARE International in Vietnam to assist about 8,000 people affected by the storm and associated flooding in Quang Nam and Thua Thien Hue provinces. The support will help people rebuild and repair their homes, as well as helping to restore livelihoods damaged by the typhoon and establish an alternative means of household income.

Typhoon Damrey made landfall over central Vietnam on 4 November 2017 and brought heavy rainfall, flooding and strong winds, affecting 15 provinces of the Southern Central Coast and Central Highlands regions. 107 people were killed while 16 people are still missing. 3,485 houses collapsed and 137,981 houses were partly damaged or lost their roof. Over 50,000 households have completely lost their means of livelihood. The total losses caused by Damrey have been estimated at approximately USD 1 billion.

The assistance is a response to the Government of Vietnam’s call for international support to help people and communities to overcome the aftermath of the typhoon.